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LAITY. Those persons who do not make a part of the clergy. In the United States the division of the people into clergy and laity is not authorized by law, but is, merely conventional.

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Weakland states: "When lay persons are authorized to preach at a sacramental liturgy, they either preach in addition to a brief homily by a priest or deacon or in place of the homily when there is a serious reason.
Fourth, if it is surprising to some that deacons were not appointed instead of lay persons, perhaps a review of the meaning and scope of the permanent diaconate would be useful in this regard.
The inspiration for this book grew out of his years as a caregiver and led him to provide a definitive cancer handbook for inquisitive lay persons and healthcare professionals.
A fellow at TERI, and team member of the feature service project, S S Jeevan, said : "While the media can be selective in reporting on environmental matters, papers and research conducted by experts in academic institutions can be difficult for lay persons to understand.
While this book is intended for mental health professionals it is clearly enough written that a lay person could find much useful information.
Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Moth Catcher is as highly recommended to the lay person with a budding interest in natural science as it is to professionals curious to hear a firsthand account of fieldwork and its astonishing results.
It said it would be "absurd to hold that as a matter of law a Catholic priest working in a prison is of a different religious belief to a Catholic lay person working in a prison".
Extensively researched, illustrated with a handful of black-and-white photographs, and enhanced with numerous suggestions for further reading A Handbook To Appalachia is enthusiastically recommended for any scholar or lay person seeking a relatively brief yet comprehensive survey of the region, whether for collegiate interdisciplinary studies or simple curiosity.
Written for the lay person, Lessons From The Miracle Doctors offers sound advice on enzymes, herbs that promote health, how to keep one's liver clean, turning around one's thoughts to a positive attitude, the incomparable value of vigorous exercise, and much more.
Removing a sponge left inside a patient's body is within the knowledge of a common lay person.
It's about the lay person being dedicated to bringing [gospel values] to bear on temporal structures.
In our situation, any lay person actually going through the papers and looking at the lines would have seen something was wrong," says Klinefelt, now an Eastpointe (Michigan) city council member and mayor pro tem.