lay brother

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lay brother

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a man who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and not bound to divine office
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So urgent a message had not been issued within the memory of old lay-brother Athanasius, who had cleaned the Abbey knocker since the year after the Battle of Bannockburn.
At last the uproar died away in three last, measured throbs, and ere their echo had ceased the Abbot struck a small gong which summoned a lay-brother to his presence.
The lay-brother stood meek and silent, with his arms still crossed in front of him.
At this order a lay-brother swung open the door, and two other lay-brothers entered leading between them a young novice of the order.
There are several priest holes in Baddesley Clinton that are believed to have been built by Saint Nicholas Owen, who was a lay-brother of the Jesuits, but was later tortured to death by what was then a Protestant government.
Scott), "A Manuscript Found in the Library of Abbotsford House and the Lost Legendary of Osbern Bokenham" (Simon Horobin), "Three Marian Texts Including a Prayer for a Lay-Brother in London, British Library, Additional MS 37049" (Marlene Villalobos Hennessy), "Robert Bale, Scrivener and Chronicler of London" (Anne F.
At Inverell, for example, Father Cherubim took up his appointment in March 1880, just a few months after his arrival in the diocese, and together with his brother, Lawrence, who was a Capuchin lay-brother, built a church, presbytery and school and welcomed the Sisters of St Joseph to the parish.
When the perpetuity is to be placed that pledge of twice the value is also to be placed with a devout lay-brother who has undertaken the five rules of training.
The wife of the lay-brother (upasaka) Sanasiddha, the lay-sister (upasika) Harisvimini has, after designating her mother and father beneficiaries (matapitaram) uddisya), given twelve dinaras as a permanent endowment (aksaya-nivi) to the Noble Community of Monks from the Four Directions in the Illustrious Mahavihara of Kakanadabota [i.e., Sanci].
The two companions buy pate, bread and wine and idle away a day on a remote beach or spend the night in a cliff-top hermitage perched like a bird's nest high above the sea where a lay-brother known locally as "Padre" exists comfortably on local produce surrounded by a small, smelly, retinue of boys, goats, chickens and an old bedraggled woman.
Its thirty monks needed many lay-brothers to administer and farm their vast estates.