>From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
>Interesting pair! I guess the short answer is, they
>both meant "priest", but "sacart" remained in popular
>use (modern "sagart"), while "cruimther" went extinct
>in the language.
They didn't start out meaning the same thing. Originally, a priest was
someone who preached the gospel, celebrated the mass, and administered
sacraments, while the presbyter was someone who handled what we might call
charitable activities or community welfare tasks--ensure that widows and
orphans were fed, housed, and clothed, that sort of thing. The role of
presbyter was instituted so that the priest could focus on preaching, etc.
Was this sort of distinction present in the Old Irish words?
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