The Sacristans are a small group who care for the church’s extensive wardrobe of vestments, altar linen and other liturgical wares.
It is, they say, a little like being wardrobe and props manager at a theatre. Their responsibilities also include preparing the church for services, and laying out all the vestments and other liturgical ‘props’, both for Sunday services and for Masses during the week.
The church has a vast collection of many fine vestments collected over a long period of time, some dating from the 19th century. They include altar frontals and other church hangings, high Mass sets, copes, and low Mass sets, several in each of the church’s traditional liturgical colours of gold, white, red, violet, rose, green and black. We also have sets in blue, for feasts of our Lady, and in deep red for Holy Week.
Other wares under the care of the sacristans include chalices, ciboria, wafer boxes, and wine and water cruets, monstrances, thuribles, holy water vats and aspergills, baptismal shells, crucifixes, candlesticks, bells, lecterns and bookstands.