See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Jesus...is the final Priest who makes all priesthood obsolete not merely the performance of ritual sacrifice, but the office, pomp and circumstance of priestly authority and hierarchy itself. Instead of deferring to any caste of religious hierarchs, followers of the Way are thus now summoned to collectively be a "royal priesthood," a "chosen race" or "holy nation" built not upon offices of any kind but upon transferred allegiance to God's in-breaking "kingdom."
The comprehensive picture drawn here of Vyasa in the MBh includes his functions as seer, Priest, ascetic, and spiritual preceptor. Of all the epic’s, Vyasa is the one who most closely corresponds to the idea of brahminhood promulgated by the dharma literature and the MBh’s Shanti Parvan - The section of the epic having the greater similarity to the dharma literature.
He could not sing for them a sweet song, or create a "thing of beauty" which should be "a joy for ever," or touch their hearts, or fire their spirits, or deepen their reverence or their fervour. He was not a Poet, a Priest, or a Prophet, but only a cold, clear, Intelligence, raying down pure white light, which brightened everything on which it fell, but warmed nothing—a Star of at least the second, if not of the first magnitude, in the Intellectual Firmament.henry cavendish
The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving. Apollo from his shrine Can no more divine, With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving. No nightly trance or breathed spell Inspires the pale-eyed Priest from the prophetic cell.john milton
But the four Evangelists agree in ascribing to Jesus evasive and equivocal answers to plain questions, not only those of the high Priest and Pilate ; and quite generally the Jesus of the New Testament avoids straightforward statements, preferring parables .
A fig for those by law protected! Liberty's a glorious feast! Courts for Cowards were erected, Churches built to please the Priest.Robert Burns
By education most have been misled; So they believe, because they so were bred. The Priest continues what the nurse began, And thus the child imposes on the man.john dryden
Will no one rid me of this turbulent Priest?
Odi profanum vulgus et arceo; Favete linguis; carmina non prius Audita Musarum sacerdos Virginibus puerisque canto. I despise the uninitiated mob and I warn them off: keep your tongues well-omened; I, Priest of the Muses, am singing songs, never heard before, to girls and boys.
When the parish Priest rebuked him for his celibacy, saying it would lead him into debaucheryand sin, hesaid that a man who had to be muzzled bya wife as a protection against debauchery was not worthy of the joy of innocence. After that people began to treat him with priestly respect.Liam O'Flaherty
In times like these, he said, it must be hard for the churches to go on telling people that their Heavenly Father cared about the death of even a single sparrow. He'd hate to be a Priest, Herr Schindler said, in an era like this, when life did not have the value of a packet of cigarettes. Stern agreed but suggested, in the spirit of the discussion, that the Biblical reference Herr Schindler had made could be summed up by a Talmudic verse which said that he who saves the life of one man, saves the entire world.thomas keneally
Imagine using as an authority in the matter of marriage the opinion of a celibate Priest!joseph lewis
Once or twice, when she [Chantal] had adroitly avoided an opportunity of pleasing or winning admiration (for her shrewd wit and vivacity made her popular), she was astonished at his [Abbé Chevance's] disapproval. [She asked him why.] Blushing he had replied, "I will tell you, my daughter. I used to try very hard to be admired, to be liked. That is the world!" Then, with that profound finesse which no one had ever had the wit to recognize in the former Priest of Costerel-sur-Meuse, he at once added, "I had more to fear from the world than you have."Georges Bernanos
The organizer who creates roles, who creates the holes that will force the pegs to their shape, is a prime creator of personality itself. When we ask of a man, "What is he?" the answer is usually given in terms of his major role, job, or position in society; he is the place that he fills, a painter, a Priest, a politician, a criminal.kenneth boulding
As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to her eggs on, so the Priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.orson scott card
Seeing the moon, he becomes the moon, the moon seen by him becomes him. He sinks into nature, becomes one with nature. The light of the "clear heart" of the Priest, seated in the meditation hall in the darkness before the dawn, becomes for the dawn moon its own light.yasunari kawabata
Amen is a ratification by the people of what has been spoken, and it may be interpreted in our language as if they all said: May it so be done as the Priest has prayed.
...in the Churches of the East Amen is still commonly said after the form of baptism , sometimes by the bystanders, sometimes by the Priest himself. In the prayers of exorcism it is the person exorcised who is expected to say "Amen", and in the conferring of sacred orders, when the vestments, etc., are given to the candidate by the bishop with some prayer of benediction , it is again the candidate who responds, just as in the solemn blessing of the Mass the people answer in the person of the server.
Rolfe's vice was spiritual more than it was carnal: it might be said that he was a pander and a swindler, because he cared for nothing but his faith. He would be a Priest or nothing, so nothing it had to be…If he could not have Heaven, he would have Hell, and the last footprints seem to point unmistakably towards the Inferno.
The magistrates of the realm … draw 30,000 Ps. from the magistracy and become rich, doing harm to the poor Indians and the chiefs, despising and taking away their jobs and positions in this realm.… From this there is no defense by the principal chiefs, because they act with him and are partners. They are praised by the Priest, the magistrate: "Oh, what a good principal chief, don Pedro!"… The said magistrates … and other Spaniards who walk among the Indians are as absolute rulers with little fear of God and justice.
One would think that a system loaded with such gross and vulgar absurdities as Scripture religion is could never have obtained credit ; yet we have seen what Priest craft and fanaticism can do, and credulity believe.
It is needless to ask of a saint the caste to which he belongs; For the Priest, the warrior. the tradesman, and all the thirty-six castes, alike are seeking for God. It is but folly to ask what the caste of a saint may be; The barber has sought God, the washerwoman, and the carpenter Even Raidas was a seeker after God.
I found it very moving and inspiring to see a humble Priest proclaimed a saint in the presence of hundreds of thousands of people. I think the message is clear: when people are living their lives in a manner where they are fulfilling their responsibilities, being good husbands, sons or daughters, they are doing something very important in God’s eyes. You don’t have to be a rock star or an athlete to live your life right.”
Any Priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.robert a. heinlein
The atmosphere of devotion which hangs above the river is improbable in strength ; stronger than in any church that I have ever visited. Every Christian Priest would do well to sacrifice a year of his theological studies in order to spend his time on the Ganges ; here he would discover what piety is.