- /leɪ ˈridə/ (say lay 'reeduh)
1. a layperson in the Roman Catholic Church who represents the congregation in the sanctuary at mass, and, exercising the ministry of lector, reads short prayers and certain parts of the liturgy, such as the epistle.
2. a layperson in the Anglican Church who may conduct Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, but who is not permitted to administer Holy Communion.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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lay reader — n. READER (sense 2) … English World dictionary
Lay reader — Lay read er (Eccl.) A layman authorized to read parts of the public service of the church. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
lay reader — n someone in Christian churches who is not a priest but who has been given authority to lead a religious service … Dictionary of contemporary English
lay reader — noun count a member of some Christian churches who is not a priest but who is allowed to be in charge of some religious services or parts of them … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
lay reader — ► NOUN ▪ (in the Anglican Church) a layperson licensed to preach and to conduct some services but not to celebrate the Eucharist … English terms dictionary
Lay reader — A lay reader (in some jurisdictions, notably the Church of England, simply Reader) is a layperson authorized by a bishop of the Anglican Church to read some parts of a service of worship. Anglican lay readers are licensed by the bishop to a… … Wikipedia
lay reader — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms lay reader : singular lay reader plural lay readers a member of some Christian churches who is not a priest but who is allowed to be in charge of some religious services or some parts of them … English dictionary
Lay-Reader — A layman who reads the Church service in the absence of the Priest. Usually he is licensed to do so by the Bishop of the Diocese. The American Church has a canon on the subject, setting forth the method of appointment and regulating his work,… … American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia
lay reader — lay′ read er n. rel a layperson authorized by an Anglican bishop to conduct parts of a service • Etymology: 1745–55 … From formal English to slang
lay reader — noun Date: 1751 1. a layperson authorized to conduct parts of the church services not requiring a priest or minister 2. layman 2 … New Collegiate Dictionary