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lay reader

noun, Anglican Church
1.
a layperson authorized by a bishop to conduct certain parts of a service.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
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British Dictionary definitions for lay reader

lay reader

noun
1.
(Church of England) a person licensed by a bishop to conduct religious services other than the Eucharist
2.
(RC Church) a layman chosen from among the congregation to read the epistle at Mass and sometimes other prayers
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