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Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit.

In the Acts of the Apostles –17 different "ministers" are named for the two actions.

It is not deacon Philip, the baptiser, but only the apostles who were able to impart the pneuma through the laying on of hands.

Here’s my theological analysis with my commentary in the red: [Verse 1] My lover’s got humour She’s the giggle at a funeral Knows everybody’s disapproval I should’ve worshipped her sooner What’s amazing about his song is that it’s about as offensive as anything produced by Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, or Slayer – yet hardly anyone recognizes it!

It takes rich Catholic sacramental language but re-signifies the imagery as a sexual encounter. The music industry is now much smarter than it was in the days of Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Slayer.

If God isn’t real – “If the Heavens ever did speak” – then the only goods to be enjoyed in this life are the pleasures of food and sex. But seriously, this is probably one of the most sacramental songs every popularized – and it sacramentalizes the wrong values. The Popes of the last 300 years have endorsed St Thomas Aquinas.

That’s all there is left for humans to experience transcendence. In an interview with New York Magazine in March 2014, the artist Hozier stated: ‘Take Me to Church’ is essentially about sex, but it’s a tongue-in-cheek attack at organizations that would… There is an analogous ceremony also called confirmation in reform Judaism. The roots of confirmation are found in the Church of the New Testament.In the Gospel of John 14, Christ speaks of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles (John –26).It is also required by most Protestant denominations for full membership in the respective Church, in particular for traditional Protestant churches, Confirmation is not practiced in Baptist, Anabaptist and other groups that teach believer's baptism.Thus, the sacrament or rite of confirmation is administered to those being received from those aforementioned groups, in addition to those converts from non-Christian religions.We appreciate your patience while we work to bring you the best Canadian conversations in a new and innovative format that you can access from any device.