laying on of hands
Date: 15th century the act of laying hands usually on a person's head to confer a spiritual blessing (as in Christian ordination, confirmation, or faith healing)

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  • laying-on of hands — 1. The touch of a bishop or presbyters in ordination 2. In spiritual healing, the action of placing hands on, over or near an ill person • • • Main Entry: ↑hand …   Useful english dictionary

  • Laying on of hands — A 1946 laying on of hands at the Pentecostal Church of God in Lejunior, Kentucky. The laying on of hands is a religious ritual that accompanies certain religious practices, which are found throughout the world in varying forms. In Christian… …   Wikipedia

  • laying on of hands —    Throughout church history the laying on of hands the purposeful and symbolic touching of one Christian by another has been used for a variety of purposes. It can be a formal public acknowledgment that the church is commissioning a member for… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

  • Laying on of hands — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laying on of hands — lay′ing on′ of hands′ n. 1) rel a rite in which a cleric s hands touch the person to be ordained, healed, etc 2) hlc the placing of the hands, as of a faith healer, upon a person to be cured • Etymology: 1490–1500 …   From formal English to slang

  • Laying-on of Hands. — See Imposition of Hands …   Dictionary of church terms

  • laying on of hands —    See imposition of hands …   Glossary of theological terms

  • Laying on of Hands —    The ceremony by which one is ordained to the Sacred Ministry by the Bishop, and by which he administers the Rite of Confirmation, (See Imposition of Hands.) …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • laying on of hands — noun 1. the application of a faith healer s hands to the patient s body • Hypernyms: ↑faith healing, ↑faith cure 2. laying hands on a person s head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination • Hypernyms: ↑ordination, ↑ordinance * * * 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • laying on of hands — 1. Theol. a rite in which the cleric s hands are placed on the head of a person being confirmed, ordained, or the like. 2. (in divine healing) the placing of the hands of the healer upon the person to be cured. [1490 1500] * * * …   Universalium

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