In distinction to the "clergy" we find the "laity" (Gr.
This was a popular work intended for the laity; but there are others strictly professional.
permitted the clergy to make voluntary contributions to the king when there was urgent necessity, and the resources of the laity had proved inadequate.
The clergy and laity of a diocese together elected their bishop, as they had done before; but no one could become a bishop against the will of the king, and the confirmation of their choice rested with him.
a " Court of High Commission " with jurisdiction over laity and clergy, based on i Eliz.