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laying on of hands

Theology. a rite in which the cleric's hands are placed on the head of a person being confirmed, ordained, or the like.
(in divine healing) the placing of the hands of the healer upon the person to be cured.
Origin of laying on of hands
1490-1500 Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for laying on of hands

laying on of hands

(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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