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laying on of hands

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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 of laying on of hands

First recorded in 1490–1500
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British Dictionary definitions for laying on of hands

laying on of hands

noun
  1. (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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