laying on of hands

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laying on of hands

n
(Alternative Belief Systems) (in Christian ordination, confirmation, faith healing, etc) the act of laying hands on a person's head to confer spiritual blessing

lay′ing on′ of hands′


n.
1. a rite in which a cleric's hands touch the person to be ordained, healed, etc.
2. the placing of the hands, as of a faith healer, upon a person to be cured.
[1490–1500]

laying on of hands

A technique used in spiritual healing in which the healing power of a god or spirit is channelled through the hands of the healer to the patient.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laying on of hands - the application of a faith healer's hands to the patient's body
faith cure, faith healing - care provided through prayer and faith in God
2.laying on of hands - laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
ordinance, ordination - the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders; "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
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Many Africans disagreed, insisting only on imposition of hands for such converts to receive the Holy Spirit" (176).
My husband was not allowed to sit with his family following the imposition of hands.
These actions related to the Holy Spirit--in the water, imposition of hands, signation, and anointing--are not simply liturgical "extras.