Imposition of Hands

A manner of blessing used in the Old Testament (Gen. 48) and followed by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who used it in working miracles, and by the Church. The Apostles and the primitive Church employed after baptism for attaining the grace of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8 and 19). It is replaced by Chrism after baptism.
The ceremonial laying on of hands by a bishop in ordaining bishops, priests and deacons (Acts 13:3; 1 Tim. 4:14).
In this way, they appointed the first deacons, including Stephen (acts 6:6). When Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas ordained elders in churches, following prayer and fasting, they did this through the laying-on of hands.


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  • Imposition of Hands — • A symbolical ceremony by which one intends to communicate to another some favour, quality or excellence (principally of a spiritual kind), or to depute another to some office Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Imposition of Hands      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Imposition of Hands —    A technical term for the Laying on of Hands by the Bishop in Confirmation. Wheatley on the Prayer Book remarks: This is one of the most ancient ceremonies in the world. It has always been used to determine the blessing pronounced to those… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • imposition of hands —    This term (from the Latin in, meaning into, and ponere, meaning to place ) refers to the practice of laying hands on the candidates who are to receive the sacraments of Confirmation (see CCC 1288) and Holy Orders (seeCCC 1538, 1556, 1558,… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • Imposition — Im po*si tion, n. [F., fr. L. impositio the application of a name to a thing. See {Impone}.] 1. The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like. From imposition of strict laws. Milton. [1913 Webster] Made… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hands, imposition of — ▪ Judaism and Christianity also called  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.… …   Universalium

  • imposition — n 1. infliction, laying on, application, superposition, charging, burdening, loading, placement; levying, assessment, prescription, enactment. 2. charge, task, burden, duty; tax, load, onus, encumbrance; requirement, injunction, ultimatum; impost …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • imposition — [im΄pə zish′ən] n. [OFr < L impositio, a laying upon, application] 1. an imposing or imposing on; specif., a) the forcing of oneself, one s presence or will, etc. on another or others without right or invitation; obtrusion b) a taking… …   English World dictionary

  • imposition — /im peuh zish euhn/, n. 1. the laying on of something as a burden or obligation. 2. something imposed, as a burden or duty; an unusual or extraordinarily burdensome requirement or task. 3. the act of imposing by or as if by authority. 4. an… …   Universalium

  • imposition — /ɪmpəˈzɪʃən/ (say impuh zishuhn) noun 1. the laying on of something as a burden, obligation, etc. 2. something imposed, as a burden, levy, tax, etc.; an unusual or extraordinarily burdensome requirement or task. 3. a literary exercise imposed as… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hands, imposition of — A physical symbol of transfer of authority to a person who is thus commissioned or set apart (Gen. 48:18; Num. 27:18; Acts 8:19; 1 Tim. 4:14) …   Dictionary of the Bible

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