1. a room in or attached to a church in which vestments, sacred vessels, etc., are kept
2. a room in or attached to some churches, used for Sunday school, meetings, etc.
3. Church of England
a. a meeting of all the members of a parish or their representatives, to transact the official business of the parish
b. the body of members meeting for this; the parish council
4. Episcopalian (US) and Anglican (Canadian) Churches a committee of vestrymen chosen by the congregation to manage the temporal affairs of their church
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Attached building to a church, where the vestments and sacred vessels are kept; also called a sacristy.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
in Christian churches, a place where vestments worn by priests during services and church utensils are kept. Vestries are usually located within the church, for example, in one of the sanctuaries, but may also be in the form of an annex or, in monasteries, a separate building.
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A chamber in a church, near the sanctuary, for the storage of the utensils used in a service and for the robes of the clergy and choir.
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