lay-reader

lay reader

noun Anglican Church.
a layperson authorized by a bishop to conduct certain parts of a service.

Origin:
1745–55

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lay reader
 
n
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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