Reading 31: On the Sacristan
The abbot shall institute a sacristan, whom we call the treasurer. To his office pertains to watch over all the things in the treasury, namely the relics and all the altar and sanctuary ornaments of the entire church-whether in gold, or silver, or altarcloths, or tapestries and cauldrons. Also the sacred vestments and curtains and towels, chalices , cloths, crosses, thuribles and candlesticks which pertain to the ministry and ornamentation of the whole church, also the books of the Mass, of the Epistles and of the Gospels . Moreover, all the things that are kept by him, the abbot must have listed in a brief, and the treasurer must do likewise, so that he is able, if required, to give an account of the things for which he needs to, and so that the abbot is not ignorant of the things he must request, when this is needed. But let there also be a communal brief for all aforementioned objects, which they are to deposit with the seal of the church in the custody of those who guard the seal of the church. Likewise each person shall have the noteworthy paraphernalia pertaining to their occupation, written down in a brief. The steward shall have in his possession one brief from all of them, so that he knows for which things he must make provisions, if needed, and about which things people are responsible.
The treasurer ought to guard with great diligence all which is in his custody, and frequently inspect them, count them in his mind, lest something is missing or through lengthy neglect has been somehow spoiled. On solemn feasts he must bring out the things which must be brought out for the adorning and ministering of the altar and the church, and he must prepare them one by one as needed and after the end of the service collect them back and fold them and bring them back to be kept each in its own place. He ought to know what vestments must be brought out for the daily service, what for the minor feasts, and what for the greatest occasions. He ought to have for each altar separate chalices, pitchers , vestments and missals (books of Mass), if it is possible to be done, and the other things pertaining to the service. He ought to prepare the communion wafer from the cleanest and purest bread and to put it fastidiously wrapped in the cleanest places. When these things must be washed, let them be washed separately and likewise the cloth over which the communion wafer is spread out. Let the rest of the linens which are from the altar be washed.
If at one time or other he happens to make the hosts (the communion bread), he shall make them from the purest choice grain on white (flour?), in a place covered with clean linens with the assistance of two brothers, so that he does not have to touch with his hands anything else but the hosts. When these are made, let him keep them in the cleanest place. He himself ought to supply oil throughout the entire household, with the exception of that which is stored in the kitchen for eating and with the exception of that which is burnt in the cellar. He also ought to supply candles throughout the whole household, except for the candles for the relics , which the abbot will provide and except for the candles that are used at the arrival of the archbishop of Reims and of other archbishops, or even of foreign bishops. The bishop of this city will provide (candles) once a year and for a single night. Also it must be noted that he will not provide for anybody in our homes that are outside [the cloister], either candles or oil. Likewise, if any king or a queen, count or countess, come here within [the cloister], the sacristan will not provide candles for them. For festal days, however, he [shall provide] for the greater Mass two candles for the blessed Mary and the Holy Spirit, and for the blessed John the Baptist and the memory of the relics of the church, and on solemn occasions of Octaves and on feasts of nine lessons [he shall provide] three candles. On a double feast, five (candles) at the altar and two in the candlesticks. Likewise two [candles] at the altar of the blessed Augustine, at Matins and Vespers. When Gloria is sung at Matins, at the responsory, to the abovementioned are added ten candles before the crucifix which are kindled at Matins for Easter and on Pentecost and on the two feasts of the blessed Augustine in the beginning of Matins and in the other feasts at Lauds. To all of these also are added in the dedication of the church one candle for each cross and they burn through Matins and at the procession and at the high Mass (or major mass).
On each double feast at the morning Mass - two candles. At each ordinary individual mass - one candle. At the Mass of the abbot - two. At the sanctuary - one. At double anniversaries of the deceased he shall provide four candles burning in the chapter. Likewise also the Easter candle, and twenty-five candles for each of the three nights before Easter. The sacristan ought to sing in the parish and to be in charge of it. The vessels of the church ought to be cleaned by him and the church itself and, to the extent of his ability, be repaired. He shall light the lamps in the dormitory, and likewise at dark the oil-lamps in the cloister, and after the brothers have gone to rest, to extinguish the same. The signals ought to be struck by him, and he must make provision for the hours of the day in accordance with the different changes of the times.