Priests, taken collectively; the order of men set apart for sacred offices; the order of priests.
the body of ordained religious practitioners
A category of ministry in the LDS Church open to all worthy males 12 years of age or older, empowering them to act in God's name. Non-Mormons cannot hold the priesthood, hence they have no authority. See Aaronic Priesthood and Melchizedek Priesthood.
The power and authority of God, given to men on earth to act in all things for the salvation of Godâ€(tm)s children.
The power of God; the authority given to men to act in God's name; the men of the Church in general.
A priesthood is a body of priests, shamans, or oracles who are thought to have special religious authority or function. The term also refers to the office, dignity, authority, or character of a priest. Various restrictions may apply to who can join the priesthood and lead religious assemblies.
Within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, priesthood is described as "the power and authority delegated by God to act in His name for the salvation of His children" James E. Faust, â€œPower of the Priesthood,â€ Ensign, May 1997, 41 , including the performance of sacred rites and ordinances, and the performance of miracles. A body of priesthood holders, usually of the same office, is referred to as a quorum.
Community of Christ recognizes that all are called by their gifts and talents to ministry. Priesthood is seen as a particular expression of universal ministry to which all are called. In Community of Christ, both women and men can be ordained to the priesthood.
Priesthood in the Catholic Church is the second of the three orders of ordained ministry, Bishop, Priest and Deacon. Priests are the most numerous of the three orders with just over 500,000 priests serving the Church worldwide. Priests are therefore the primary agents of sacramental ministry in the Church.