laying on of hands

noun
1.
Theology. 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.

Origin:
1490–1500

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

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laying on of hands

ritual act in which a priest or other religious functionary places one or both hands palms down on the top of another person's head, usually while saying a prayer or blessing. The imposition of hands was first practiced in Judaism and was adopted by Christianity. In the Hebrew Bible it is associated with three interrelated ideas: consecration (i.e., setting apart for the service of God), transmission of a divine gift, and identification (the means whereby an offerer was linked with his sacrifice).

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Example sentences
There will be prayer, and perhaps the laying on of hands.
The human touch and laying on of hands is powerful therapy.
There may be some laying on of hands on these occasions, but usually faith-healing takes place in smaller groups.
There is no magic bullet, no laying on of hands for healing.
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