Presbyter

PRESBYTER. A Greek word signifying an Elder. In the Christian Church a presbyter  or elder  is one who is ordained to a certain office, and authorized by his quality, not his age, to discharge the several duties of that office and station in which he is placed. In this large and extended sense, Bishops were sometimes called presbyters  in the New Testament, for the apostles themselves did not refuse the title. Priests are in an ordinary sense the presbyters of the Church, and in the Scotch Liturgy, compiled in the reign of Charles I, the word presbyter  is substituted for that of priest. (See Orders.)