Definition of lay brother in English:

lay brother

Syllabification: lay broth·er

noun

  • 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.
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    • One of the monks, an elderly lay brother named Luc, was a medical doctor who ran a clinic for the impoverished locals.
    • 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.
    • It became one of the largest Cistercian houses, with 140 monks, 240 lay brothers, and at least as many again servants.

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