Laying On of Hands

  • View

  • Download

Embed Size (px)


Laying On of Hands. Confirmation Class May 08. Overview. First Thoughts Opening Ritual Laying On of Hands Example in the Bible Receiving the Holy Spirit References in the Old and New Testaments Epiclesis Invoking the Holy Spirit Church Doctrine - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Laying On of HandsConfirmation Class May 08

  • OverviewFirst ThoughtsOpening RitualLaying On of HandsExample in the BibleReceiving the Holy SpiritReferences in the Old and New TestamentsEpiclesisInvoking the Holy SpiritChurch DoctrineFour Key Roles of the Holy Spirit in the LiturgyLiving the FaithSeven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • First ThoughtsBeginning right after birth a mother strokes her newborns face, and the child begins to learn about loveThe ability to express love through touch and gestures is a universal experienceIt is this experience that the Church builds upon when its representatives lay hands on a Confirmation candidate and pray for the gift of the Holy SpiritThis gesture expresses and brings to fruition the love and relationship that God desires for all his children

  • The Church TeachesThe Rite of Confirmation highlights the significant of the action of laying on of hands. In the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation we read:[The laying on of hands] contributes to the complete perfection of the rite and to a more thorough understanding of the sacrament [It] represents the biblical gesture by which the gift of the Holy Spirit is involved and in a manner well suited to the understanding of the Christian people

    When the Spirit encounters in us the response of faith which he has aroused in us, he brings about genuine cooperation. Through it, the liturgy becomes the common work of the Holy Spirit and the Church (CCC 1091)

  • Opening RitualTurn to page 104 for the Opening RitualNeed one volunteer (reader) in the Opening RitualShow reverence during the ceremony and during the Laying On of Hands ritualOnce finished with the Opening Ritual have a seat

  • Opening RitualDescribe your experience of the ritual of laying on of hands

  • Laying On of HandsOther Examples in the BibleJesus healing the leperRead Luke 5:12-16Apostles praying the Holy Spirit to come upon someoneRead Acts of the Apostles 19:1-7

  • Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and New TestamentsOld TestamentIn the opening ritual we listened to Genesis 48:13-16 in which a blessing was conferred on Ephraim and Manasseh by Jacob with a laying on of hands

  • What does scapegoat mean, as we use that word today?

  • What is a scapegoat as used in the Old Testament?

  • Faith VocabularyScapegoatA term that refers to an individual who carries the blame or guilt of others; originally an animal on whom the Jewish High Priest laid hands in a ritual ceremony, transferring the guilt of the Israelite people, and then banishing the animal to the desert so that it would carry away the peoples sinsSee Leviticus 16:20-22

  • Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and New TestamentsOld TestamentLaying on of hands was used to convey a transfer of power with a commissioning for a specific office or missionAnd the Lord replied to Moses, Take Joshua, son of Nun, a man of spirit, and lay your hand upon him. Have him stand in the presence of the priest Eleazar and of the whole community, and commission him before their eyes. Invest him with some of your own dignity, that the whole Israelite community may obey him (Numbers 27:18-20)

  • Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and New TestamentsNew TestamentInvoking the Holy SpiritAfter the event of Pentecost, the first disciples went to Samaria to fulfill Christs command to make disciples of all peopleApostles Peter and John were called there to lay their hands on those who only had been baptizedThe laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit (Acts of the Apostles 8:17)

  • Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and New TestamentsNew TestamentCommissioning to OfficeThe Second Letter to Timothy, St Paul writes For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my Hands (2 Timothy 1:6)

  • Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and New TestamentsWhile the gesture of laying on of hands has a variety of meaning in the Old and New Testaments, in each of these contexts, it is the Holy Spirit that is at workHOLY SPIRIT

  • Define epiclesis

  • Faith VocabularyEpiclesisThe name given to the prayer that invokes the transforming presence of the Holy Spirit

  • Faith VocabularyEpiclesisIn the celebration of each of the sacraments, the Church calls upon God the Father to send down his Holy Spirit to transform us more and more into the Body of ChristWe name this prayer of invoking, or calling down, the Holy Spirits transforming power the epiclesis

  • Faith VocabularyEpiclesisYou are most familiar with an epiclesis from the Eucharistic PrayerPrior to the words of consecration, the priest extends his hands over the bread and wine and praysFather, we bring you these gifts. We ask you to make them holy by the power of your Spirit, that they may become the body and blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate this Eucharist (Eucharistic Prayer III)Through the power of the Holy Spirit and words of the priest, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ

  • Invoking the Holy SpiritThe ritual and action of laying on of hands is used in many contexts in the liturgyOver the bread and wine at EucharistIn the solemn blessing at the end of MassOver a newly married coupleDuring exorcism prayers with catechumensDuring the prayer of absolution with a penitent sinner

  • Invoking the Holy SpiritAt your Confirmation the bishop and the priest celebrating with him will extend their hands over you and the other candidates as they pray that you might be strengthened with the seven Gifts of the Holy SpiritAs the bishop extends his hands over you and prays the epiclesis at your Confirmation, a moment of great solemnity has arrived

  • Invoking the Holy SpiritThe Church prays that through the power of the Holy Spirit your life in Christ will be a living sacrifice to God, that you will be transformed more deepening in the image of Christ, that you will grow in love for the Church, and that you will participating the Churchs mission through the witness and service of love

  • Church DoctrineFull, Conscious, and ActiveThe Church calls for the full, conscious, and active participation of all the faithful in the liturgyIt is the Holy Spirit who empowers each properly disposed individual to enter fully into the liturgyThe Catholic Church teaches that When the Spirit encounters in us the response of faith which he has aroused in us, he brings about genuine cooperationCCC 1091

  • Small Group ExerciseForm small groups (~3 people), look up and read one of the assigned passages from the Old Testament: Ezekiel 36:22-28, Ezekiel 37:1-14, and Joel 3:1-5As you read each passage imagine the prophet is speaking to youDescribe how reading these passage helps you prepare for Confirmation

  • The Holy Spirit, Helper and GuideAfter you renew your baptismal promises in the rite of Confirmation, the bishop will extend his hands over you and ask the entire assembly to pray with him that you will be given the gift of the Holy Spirit and that you be anointed to be more life ChristAll-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence

  • Invoking the Holy SpiritSaint Paul wrote that it is the love of God poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit (Romans 5:5)

  • Four Roles of the Holy Spirit in the LiturgyTo prepare the assembly to encounter Christ;To recall and manifest Christ to the assemblyTo make the saving work of Christ present and active by his transforming powerTo bring us into the communion with Christ and so to form his BodyCCC 1093-1112

  • Living the FaithBlessed Damien of MolokaiBlessed Damien of Molokai was born in 1940 in BelgiumHe joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, tool the religious name Damien and studied for the priesthoodIn 1864 he was sent to Hawaii where he was ordained and served the native peoples of Hawaii as a missionaryAfter 10 years he asked to be sent to the island of Molokai, where people suffering from leprosy had been sent to live segregated from the rest of the population, just as in Jesus time (social outcasts and judged by many as leading sinful lives)

  • Living the FaithBlessed Damien of MolokaiDamien soon experienced for himself the emotional loneliness and sadness that accompanied the physical illness and suffering of the outcast on MolokaiThis led Damien to see their need to be touched, both physically and spiritually, so he reached out to them without fear for his personal safetyFather Damien eventually contact the disease but continued to care for others despite his own sufferingFather Damien died from the effects of leprosy on 15 Apr 1889On 4 Jun 195 he was declared Blessed of the Church by Pope John Paul II

  • Gifts of the Holy SpiritThe gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to all who are anointed that is, to every Christian who is born of water and Spirit (John 3:5)Isaiah 11:2The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord

  • Gifts of the Holy SpiritWisdomThe gift of knowing the right choices to make to live a holy lifeThe gift of wisdom helps you avoid the things that could lead you away from GodDescribe a practical example of what wisdom would look like in your life

  • Gifts of the Holy SpiritUnderstandingThe gift of comprehension, or the a