Bible Dictionaries

1910 New Catholic Dictionary

Hands, Imposition of

Additional Links

(Latin: imponere, to place or lay)

Placing upon, or laying on, of hands. A perfectly natural gesture signifying the communication of some favor, blessing, power, or duty; mentioned in the Old Testament in connection with patriarchs blessing their children, the consecration of priests, and sacrifice. Christ used it in working miracles; the Apostles, in conferring the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Orders. Catholic liturgy employs it in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Extreme Unction, and Holy Orders, and in many blessings. In the Mass the priest holds his hands over the bread and wine just before the consecration.

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.
Text Courtesy of Used by Permission.

Bibliography Information
Entry for 'Hands, Imposition of'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. 1910.

Search for…
Enter query in the box below:
Choose a letter to browse: