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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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Thomas Holmes was born in Winchester and served as lay vicar there but he is buried in Salisbury Cathedral and spent a lot of his life in Salisbury.
Except for his untimely and tragic death as a royalist soldier at the Battle of Chester, William Lawes appears to have led the normal life of a lay vicar's son, whatever that might have been.
schools, will play Dido, while Fran Ambrose, who is a lay vicar choral at Lichfield Cathedral, will perform Aeneas.