Laying on of hands

Smith’s Bible Dictionary

“Laying on of hands ” means

Laying on of hands : This "formed at an early period a part of the ceremony observed on the appointment and consecration of persons to high and holy undertakings;" (and in the Christian Church was especially used in setting apart men to the ministry and to other holy offices. It is a symbolical act expressing the imparting of spiritual authority and power. --ED.)

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