"Priests unto God"

The office of priesthood has been regarded as an important one for many centuries. The belief has prevailed among men that it was an absolute necessity to have one who could approach God in a way that others could not, that it must be through a priest's prayers and offered sacrifices, and not through one's own efforts, that God is to be approached. Jewish theology was darkened by this belief; and exacting ordinances and an elaborate ceremonial system were its accompaniments. The Jews were not, however, the only nation who depended upon priests to carry on their worship of God; the history of mankind reveals the steady growth of the priestly order, ameliorated in later times by a spirit of democracy which discards the belief that one man has privileges above another.

In his "Cotter's Saturday Night" Robert Burns describes the evening devotions of a family where "the priest-like father reads the sacred page,"

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Nothing Lost
February 6, 1915

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