Sacristans assist in preparing the Church for worship, performing mostly behind the scenes. They assist at Daily and Sunday Masses, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and other liturgical celebrations. Some principal duties of Sacristans include: opening and closing the church; arranging the lighting; preparing and placing the Holy Vessels and Gifts for Mass; coordinating with Altar Servers, Ushers, Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion; and assisting the celebrant and congregation as needed. Sacristans must arrive forty-five minutes before Mass and remain afterwards to return the Holy Vessels to the Sacristy and put the worship space in order.
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