from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) In Greek antiquity, voting by show of hands.
- n. (noun) Imposition of hands in ordaining priests.
Commenting on this unusual project, Fyodor Konyukhov stressed that he began undergoing the procedure of chirotony – consecration to be a priest – in the Zaporozhye diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church on 23 May, the day of the Holy Trinity.
Still it was held by some that the Orthodox Church, bonded as it was to Satan, had not lost the apostolic powers of chirotony - the consecration of bishops, priests, and deacons by the laying on of hands - and entered into some sort of compromise with the Orthodox Church; the others however remained firm and refused absolutely to yield.
‘Chirotony’ comes from the Greek ‘kheiro,’ hand.