priest, in Christianity: see orders, holyorders, holy
[Lat. ordo,=rank], in Christianity, the traditional degrees of the clergy, conferred by the Sacrament of Holy Order. The episcopacy, priesthood or presbyterate, and diaconate were in general use in Christian churches in the 2d cent.
..... Click the link for more information. .
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(in Russian, sviashchennik; official church designation, ierei; popular name, pop), a clergyman of the Orthodox Church having the right to perform church ceremonies, including the liturgy, and to administer the sacraments. The right to ordain priests and to assign them to a post in a parish is given to an eparchial bishop (arkhierei). A senior priest is an archpriest (protoierei), and a monastic priest is a hieromonk (ieromonakh). The clergymen of other churches, including some Protestant churches, are also sometimes referred to as priests in literature.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
What does it mean when you dream about a priest? (minister or Rabbi)
A spiritual authority figure may symbolize the dreamer’s spiritual needs. In interpreting such a dream, one should note whether the figure was loving and caring, or dictatorial and condemning, as the character of an overbearing parent may be associated with a negative religious figure.
The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.
The Z tristimulus value.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
priest (feminine), priestess
1. Christianity a person ordained to act as a mediator between God and man in administering the sacraments, preaching, blessing, guiding, etc.
2. (in episcopal Churches) a minister in the second grade of the hierarchy of holy orders, ranking below a bishop but above a deacon
3. a minister of any religion
4. Judaism a descendant of the family of Aaron who has certain privileges in the synagogue service
5. (in some non-Christian religions) an official who offers sacrifice on behalf of the people and performs other religious ceremonies
6. a variety of fancy pigeon having a bald pate with a crest or peak at the back of the head
7. Angling a small club used to kill fish caught
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The priest in your dream could represent spiritual needs, your conscience, a desire to be virtuous, inner guidance, or your higher self. This dream could be comforting if it reassures you that there is safety and strength in spiritual forces. Please remember that dream interpretation is very, very personal. Some people may have had negative experiences with clergy, and in that case the dream may have an entirely different tone. The spiritual forces represented in this dream could be intrinsic, revealing your own spiritual qualities, strengths, and abilities, or they could represent the spiritual forces around you.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.