One of the most ancient of biblical rituals, laying on of hands signifies an ordination or setting apart. It is performed by ordained elders of the church during prayer for the receipt of the Holy Spirit following baptism, for anointing of the sick, for ordination into an office, for marriage, for the blessing of little children and for requesting special gifts of God.

Scripture References:
Genesis 48:12-14;   Matthew 19:13-15;   Acts 6:5-6; 8:15-17; 13:3; 19:5-6;   I Timothy 4:14;   Hebrews 6:2;   James 5:14-15;