What is priest?

  • (noun): A clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders.
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Priest

A priest or priestess is a person authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and one or multiple deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities. Their office or position is the priesthood, a term which also may apply to such persons collectively.

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Priest Lake - Logging
... From the 1890s logging has played an important role at Priest Lake ... down the lake, and eventually to the outlet where they would travel down the Priest River until they reached the mills on the Pend Oreille River ... led to the Forest Reserve Act of 1891, under which the Priest River Forest Reserve was established in 1897 ...
Nikoloz Cholokashvili
... (1585-1658), was a Georgian Orthodox priest, politician and diplomat ... From 1608 to 1614, he served later a priest at the court of Teimuraz I, king of Kakheti, eastern Georgia ... Upon returning in Georgia, he was ordained as a senior priest at Metekhi Church, Tbilisi, 1629-1632 ...
Priest Lake - Wildlife
... Priest Lake has a pristine variety of wildlife both in and around the lake ... Priest Lake also has a large population of fish, ranging from small Trout to Mackinaw ... lake Trout caught in the United States was caught at Priest Lake, and weighed 57 lbs ...
Houngan
... Houngan is the term for a male priest in Haitian Vodou (a female priest is known as a mambo) ... There are two ranks of houngan, houngan asogwe (high priest) and houngan sur pwen (junior priest) ... is the highest member of clergy in voodoo and the only one with authority to ordain other priests ...
Assistant Priest
... In many religions there are one or more layers of assistant priests ... In ancient Judaism, the Priests (Kohanim) had a whole class of Levites as their assistants in making the sacrifices, in singing psalms and in ... The Priests and the Levites were in turn served by servants called Nethinim ...

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    In my dreams is a country where the State is the Church and the Church the people: three in one and one in three. It is a commonwealth in which work is play and play is life: three in one and one in three. It is a temple in which the priest is the worshiper and the worshiper the worshipped: three in one and one in three. It is a godhead in which all life is human and all humanity divine: three in one and one in three.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

    Freudianism is much more nearly a religion than a science, inasmuch as the relation between analyst and patient has a great deal in common with that between priest and communicant at confessional, and such ideas as the Oedipus complex, the superego, the libido, and the id exert an effect upon the converted which is almost identical with what flows to the devout Christian from godhead, trinity, grace, and immortality.
    Robert Nisbet (b. 1913)

    Never has any one been less a priest than Jesus, never a greater enemy of forms, which stifle religion under the pretext of protecting it. By this we are all his disciples and his successors; by this he has laid the eternal foundation-stone of true religion; and if religion is essential to humanity, he has by this deserved the Divine rank the world has accorded him.
    Ernest Renan (1823–1892)