One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘He came from Toledo and was a famous painter of still lifes there by 1603 when he professed as a lay brother in the Carthusian order and moved to Granada.’
- ‘There were some 60 monks at Duiske, and many more lay brothers.’
- ‘It became one of the largest Cistercian houses, with 140 monks, 240 lay brothers, and at least as many again servants.’
- ‘One of the monks, an elderly lay brother named Luc, was a medical doctor who ran a clinic for the impoverished locals.’
- ‘There are never enough priests and lay brothers and sisters to go round.’
- ‘Traveling with him is a lay brother riding a beautiful horse, and a dark-skinned man, his dress a mixture of monastic robe and military garb.’
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