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A priest or priestess (feminine) (frae Greek πρεσβύτερος presbýteros throu Laitin presbyter, "elder", or frae Auld Heich German priast, prest, frae Vulgar Laitin "prevost" "ane put ower ithers", frae Laitin praepositus "person placed in charge"), is a person authorised tae perform the saucrit rituals o a releegion, especially as a mediatory agent atween humans an ane or mair deities.