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lay reader

noun, Anglican Church
a layperson authorized by a bishop to conduct certain parts of a service.
Origin of lay reader
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I am impelled, I repeat, to depart from my custom of refusing to endorse semi-medical publications intended for the lay-reader.

  • Could he introduce it, with modifications, when he next wrote a letter to his brother, the lay-reader?

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • For years he acted as lay-reader at one or other of those churches, travelling some distance in all weathers to do so.

  • While they are sitting there a lay-reader expounds to them the elements of Christian teaching.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • His parents, who were dead, had been in trade; his sisters had married commercial travellers; his brother was a lay-reader.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for lay-reader

lay reader

(Church of England) a person licensed by a bishop to conduct religious services other than the Eucharist
(RC Church) a layman chosen from among the congregation to read the epistle at Mass and sometimes other prayers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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