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the clerical role to the lay role when it describes the lay role: "an apostolate of this kind does not con­sist only in the witness of one's way of life. . .opportunities to announce Christ. . ." (#6), or in reverse:  "The mission of the Church is not only to bring men the message and grace of Christ, but also...." (#5).  

The main task for the laity is to re-capture the evoked reality in its profound unity.  It calls for witness in situation.  It is after all through our way of life that Christ is revealed as Lord of the world.  The lay person's work is not to reveal what Jesus Christ brings but who Jesus Christ is in the world.  The lay person reveals Him as a person with whom he is in relationship.  If anyone can do it, maybe it will be we who claim the heritage of Antioch.  And this is precisely why the Maronite laity, steeped in our beau­tiful Liturgy of the Holy Mysteries, tradition, and every­day fami­liarity with the Lord whose life events we live so deeply, have such an enormously rich opportunity.  

If the laity are those faithful who by virtue of baptism are made one body with Christ and are established among the people (L.G. 31);

If the laity evangelize unofficially by the witness of their

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