sexton

(Anglo-Norman: segerstein, someone who looks after the sacred objects)

A church official, usually a layman, with duties ranging from those of janitor to those of sacristan, such as caring for the church edifice and grounds, ringing the bell, and preparing graves. Sextons have their own patron saints.

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