articles, a counter, and a full length mirror. Besides the clergy, acolytes or
assisting ministers may be vested in this place. Because it is the place where
processions begin, it also can be the place for storage of processional
emblems, banners or candlesticks, as well as books.
Sacristy and vestry are two rooms except in small chapels. They should
interconnect, but each should be accessible directly from circulation routes.
Processions enter a place of worship at the main door, so the vestry should be
conveniently located. The path from sacristy to the place of worship should be
kept short also, but the custom of providing a door directly from
sacristy/vestry to the platform or pulpit is not good practice because it has
too much the aura of theater.
Liturgical Storage. Besides the storage for liturgical artifacts and
materials in the sacristy/vestry, another storage space is provided for things
that are bulky and for some things that are used rarely. Such a space is
indispensible if worship spaces are to be really adaptable. If there are two
places of worship, each with its own liturgical furniture and equipment, two
store rooms are appropriate.
Items that are to be accommodated include extra chairs, unneeded
liturgical furniture, large banners or other symbolic or decorative devices
for interior or exterior use, advent wreath, statuary, symbols of the stations
of the cross, wedding kneeler, music stands, prayer books for special
occasions, seasonal decorations, storage units for yarmulkas and tallits,
prayer rugs and skull caps, etc.
This storage space may, in the case of small facilities, be combined with
other major storage space. Its location is convenient to the assembly space.
Music and Choir Room. In larger facilities a special room designed
for rehearsals of choirs and instrumental musicians may be supplied. The room
also serves for choir robing and for storage of choir vestments, instruments
and music, and as an office for the staff director of music, if there is one.
An upright piano, desk and lockable cabinets are provided. The room should
have as much volume as can reasonably be provided for the sake of musical
resonance: its acoustical quality must be carefully established, free of
flutter, dry. and evenly balanced over the frequency range.
(1) Projection Facilities. Provision for film and slide
projection needs to be made. In some instances this may imply a room for
direct projection, in some a rear screen system. Control of day-