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.
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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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The summary states that the book's authors cite a 1972 work by another French author--The Ministry of Women in the Early Church by Roger Gryson--to indicate that in the time of the early church, women deacons "indisputably make part of the clergy They receive an ordination conferred by the imposition of hands and a prayer of the bishop.
Many Africans disagreed, insisting only on imposition of hands for such converts to receive the Holy Spirit" (176).
These actions related to the Holy Spirit--in the water, imposition of hands, signation, and anointing--are not simply liturgical "extras.