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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Joseph Parish in suburban New Hope will schedule its usual rotation of lay preachers before Mass but they will not vest or process, said Martha Blenkush, a lay preacher and a board member of Partners in Preaching.
A Roman Catholic lay preacher since 1994, McGuire told E&P that he is leaving newspaper editing to focus on writing and on working to improve spirituality in the workplace.
He contributed "Lay Preacher" essays and also commissioned work from other prominent writers.
The publication became influential because of the "Lay Preacher" essays Dennie wrote for it.
His greatest success was obtained, nevertheless, under the pen name "The Lay Preacher," his byline for inspirational essays, practically sermons, that made him one of the most widely read authors of his day.
The son of a weaver, and an apprentice to a cobbler, he became an itinerant lay preacher. He was an unusual combination of a mystic and a highly practical man, a fact that led him to denounce social evils in forthright terms that nine times landed him in prison.
A LAY preacher from Mirfield supported a case worker who was with MP Jo Cox when she was killed in Birstall.
Dyfan Thomas had been a lay preacher, and became ordained as a Minister in 1950, aged just 33.
The Methodist lay preacher served in Harold Wilson's government as Secretary of State for Wales from 1968 to 1970.
Instead it's the story of the group's leader and Methodist lay preacher George Loveless and his wife Betsy, a story as relevant today as it was 180 years ago.
Eddie, 54, from Shetland is also a lay preacher who used to fly charitable and religious missions all over East Africa, so when his colleague needed help tying the knot, he was only too happy to help.