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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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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.
While working for a shipping company there, Freyn was instructed to undertake a dangerous mission into the jungle to collect two rare thoroughbreds from Luchenne, a lay preacher and recluse.
The son of a weaver, and an apprentice to a cobbler, he became an itinerant lay preacher.
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.
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.
Lay preacher Alan Greaves, 68, was attacked as he walked to St Saviour's Church in High Green, Sheffield, for Midnight Mass on December 24.
THE widow of a lay preacher who was murdered on his way to a Christmas service has told his funeral about her determination "to turn aside from hatred, vengeance, unforgiveness and retaliation towards those who had killed him".
Raymond Taylor Duncan, a retired lay preacher, has more than 100 books and 42 volumes of photographs and newspaper cuttings.
My half-brother (20 years younger than me) is a lay preacher and he and his family live in America's Bible belt.