See also:parish . In the early
See also:church the
See also:sexton was identical with the ostiarius, or
See also:door-keeper, whose
See also:duty it was to open and shut the church at certain
See also:hours, guard the church and all it contained, and prevent the
See also:heathen and excommunicated from entering . The duties of the
See also:modern sexton are practically those of the
See also:ancient sacristan . He has the custody of the church keys, is responsible for keeping the church clean, for the
See also:bell-ringing and
See also:lighting, and looks after the
See also:vestments and instrumenta of the church, but the duties may vary by
See also:custom in different parishes . Where his duties are confined to the care of the vestments and instrumenta the right of
See also:appointment of a sexton lies in the churchwardens; if his duties are confined to the churchyard the right of appointment is in the incumbent, and where his duties extend to both the right of appointment is jointly in the churchwardens and the incumbent . By custom, however, he may be appointed by the parishioners . He usually has a
See also:freehold in his
See also:office, and in some parishes is entitled to certain customary fees .
SEXTUS EMPIRICUS (2nd1and 3rd centuries A.D.)
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