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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... 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 maintaining the Temple ... The Priests and the Levites were in turn served by servants called Nethinim ...
... (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 ... in Georgia, he was ordained as a senior priest at Metekhi Church, Tbilisi, 1629-1632 ...
... From the 1890s logging has played an important role at Priest Lake ... the outlet where they would travel down the Priest River until they reached the mills on the Pend Oreille River ... resources led to the Forest Reserve Act of 1891, under which the Priest River Forest Reserve was established in 1897 ...
... 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 ... The largest lake Trout caught in the United States was caught at Priest Lake, and weighed 57 lbs ...
... 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) ... clergy in voodoo and the only one with authority to ordain other priests ...
More definitions of "priest":
- (noun): A spiritual leader in a non-Christian religion.
Synonyms: non-Christian priest
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“Our art is the finest, the noblest, the most suggestive, for it is the synthesis of all the arts. Sculpture, painting, literature, elocution, architecture, and music are its natural tools. But while it needs all of those artistic manifestations in order to be its whole self, it asks of its priest or priestess one indispensable virtue: faith.”
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