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INDUCT, v. Sc. usage, in the Presbyterian churches: to install an ordained minister in a charge. This usage occurs in O.Sc. during the period of Episcopacy and implies the conveyance of the benefice into the minister's hands by an act of sasine (see Erskine Institute i. v. § 18). After 1690 the earlier admit, admission, were restored and are still the official usage but induct(ion) has returned to currency in the Church since the middle of the 19th c. Sc. 1838  Bell Dict. Law Scot. 646:
A minister of the Church of Scotland is inducted to his charge in the manner which has been explained.
Kcb. 1893  Crockett Stickit Minister 94:
A minister . . . duly licensed, ordained, and inducted.
Sc. 1952  Abd. Press & Jnl. (13 Nov.) 8:
During the service Dr King was also ordained by the moderator of Aberdeen Presbytery, who inducted the new minister to the charge.

Hence induction, the act of doing this, gen. including the ceremony and service on the occasion. Sc. 1838  Bell Dict. Law Scot. 648:
Induction and all the other forms of appointing to the pastoral charge.
Sc. 1871  H. Moncrieff Pract. Free Ch. of Scot. 269:
The Presbytery resolved to loose him from his present charge and translate him to —, . . . they request that Reverend Court to give them notice of his Induction when it takes place.
Sc. 1889  Session Cases (1888–9) 730:
Induction is not a nomen juris, neither is it a vox signata in the existing ecclesiastical law of Scotland. . . . It may be true that the name of the old ceremony of induction still lingers in the common speech of the country, and may be used popularly even in the proceedings of the Church Courts as an equivalent of “admission to a benefice”.
Sc. 1953  Abd. Press & Jnl. (16 May) 3:
The Church of Scotland's Committee on Public Worship . . . express concern at the fact that at services of ordination and induction the sermon is frequently omitted, while the charges to ministers and people are given excessive prominence.

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