(Lat. vestiarium, “robing-room”). In England until the end of last century this was the place where ratepayers of a parish met to carry out parochial business, but the name came to be applied also to the collective body of parishioners. The vestry is still responsible for certain aspects of ecclesiastical business. In the USA, each Protestant Episcopal Church parish has a vestry with clearly delineated duties. In Scotland the word is used to describe the minister's retiring room where, in the case of small parishes, meetings of the kirk session are held.
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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)