The sacristan, under the direction of the pastor, undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations, including all that is needed for special days such as Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and the Easter Vigil.
The sacristan carefully arranges the liturgical books, marking the books for the readings of the day. He lays out the vestments, and anything else needed for the celebration, such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils, processional cross, and candles.
He ensures that the things necessary for worship are always available. There should be a ready supply of fresh hosts, authorized wine, clean linens, candles, incense and coals.
In order to carry out these duties, the sacristan needs to have a fairly good idea of the content and norms of the principal liturgical books and an understanding of the intricacies of the liturgical calendar.
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