lay reader

noun Anglican Church.

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

Origin of lay reader

First recorded in 1745–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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
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