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1. Church of England
a. (in Britain) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish from which, formerly, he did not receive tithes but a stipend
b. a clergyman who acts as assistant to or substitute for the rector of a parish at Communion
c. (in the US) a clergyman in charge of a chapel
2. RC Church a bishop or priest representing the pope or the ordinary of a diocese and exercising a limited jurisdiction
3. Church of England a member of a cathedral choir appointed to sing certain parts of the services



(1) In the Late Roman Empire the ruler of an administrative district, or diocese.

(2) In the Orthodox Church an assistant to the eparchial bishop in administering an eparchy.

(3) In the Roman Catholic Church there are general vicars, or assistants to bishops in administering church dioceses, and parish vicars, or assistants to parish priests (cures), who substitute for them when they are ill or absent. There are also apostolic vicars, or papal assistants, most of whom are in remote (missionary) regions. (In 1969 there were 83 apostolic vicars.)

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He was obviously desperately keen on his next job - becoming a lay vicar at Chichester Cathedral (a deceptive title, as it was more a musical job which involved singing in the hugely respected and talented cathedral choir).
Mr Kay was a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and a lay vicar at Westminster Abbey.
2days to go The Choir of Westminster Abbey is made up of 20 boys, including George, all of whom attend the Abbey's dedicated residential Choir School, and 12 professional adult singers, known as Lay Vicars.