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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(warden) is specially the treasurer or chief sacristan in a foreign cathedral. (See CUSTOS ARCAE).

There were anciently also various others thus designated: the custos ordinis, one of the great monastic officers, the third and fourth priors, who acted as the rounds; the custos feretri, the shrine-keeper; the custos operis or fabriae, the canon in charge of repairs of the building, in secular cathedrals; the four custodes at Exeter, attendants in the sacristy, bell- ringers, and marshalmen in processions; and the custos puerorum at Salisbury, a canon who had the supervision of the choristers. Walcott, Sac. Archaeol. s.v.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Custos'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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