Definition of lay reader in English:

lay reader


  • (in the Anglican Church) a layperson licensed to preach and to conduct some religious services, but not licensed to celebrate the Eucharist.

    • ‘He had been a lay reader in the Church of England for more than 40 years, working in recent years in the Coxwold and Husthwaite area.’
    • ‘It was also a tough day for future lay readers: all those forbidding names - Parthians, Elamites, Mesopotamians, Cappadocians, Phrygians, Pamphyilians - that whole crowd.’
    • ‘The lay reader said, ‘And now we will read the Psalm responsively.’’
    • ‘Her husband is a lay reader for the Roman Catholic church.’
    • ‘I remember reading the Bible to my blind grandfather who had been a lay reader in the church.’
    • ‘A lay reader in the Episcopal Church, Wilbur has said that most of what he knows of scripture comes through exposure to the Book of Common Prayer.’
    • ‘He was also a lay reader in the Church of England and preached regularly.’
    • ‘And in Chipping, lay readers and retired clergy have been conducting services with volunteers helping to co-ordinate weddings.’
    • ‘Chaplains may encourage service members to participate as lay readers, choir members, Eucharistic ministers, and ushers, as well as in other roles.’
    • ‘Dad was a lay reader in the Russian Orthodox church.’
    • ‘He was a lay reader at St Barnabas Church, Shore, and St James Church, Calderbrook and had done voluntary work at Buckley Hall Prison.’
    • ‘A woman who was a lay reader in the Church of England thanked him for showing her that there was something she could do to protect her colleagues.’
    • ‘Though pastors and educated lay readers will find it accessible, the text is intended for an academic, rather than an ecclesiastical, audience.’
    • ‘MacKenzie describes how English Protestantism and English Catholicism perceived and treated the lay reader / interpreter differently.’
    • ‘The following are the lay readers at masses in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar for Sunday October 6.’
    • ‘The following are the lay readers for Sunday, November 24 next in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar.’
    • ‘Filled with useful information and sparkling wit, it will provide scientists, theologians, and lay readers the opportunity to think in fresh ways about God, Christianity, and evolution.’
    • ‘After retirement they moved to upper Wharfedale, where she was a lay reader and her husband was ordained to the non-stipendiary ministry.’
    • ‘At St Philip's Church he was a former trustee, vicar's warden and a lay reader.’
    • ‘It has many Ministers of the Eucharist, lay readers and people who wish to help in other ways to make the church a place of sanctity and praise and a place of which the community can feel justly proud.’