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Not ordained into or belonging to the clergy. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes from Old French via late Latin and ultimately from Greek laos ‘people’.

lay brother a man who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained or obliged to take part in the full cycle of liturgy and is employed in ancillary or manual work.

lay reader in the Anglican Church, a layperson licensed to preach and to conduct some religious services, but not licensed to celebrate the Eucharist.

lay sister a woman who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not obliged to take part in the full cycle of liturgy and is employed in ancillary or manual work.

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