Form of Institution and Induction

FORM OF

INSTITUTION AND INDUCTION

 Upon the day and at the hour appointed, Morning or Evening Prayer may be said to the end of the Third Collect, with Proper Psalms and Lessons.

 Proper Psalms. 121, 132.

 Proper Lessons. Joshua 1. 1-9; or Ezekiel 33. 1-9. Titus 2.

 The Collect shall be that appointed for St Simon and St Jude’s Day.

 If there be a Celebration of the holy Communion this day, except it be a Sunday or a Holy-day, the Epistle shall be I Thessalonians 2. 1-12, and the Gospel shall be St John 10. 1-16.

 When all things are duly prepared in the Church, the Bishop, standing by the Lord’s Table, shall say:

DEARLY beloved in the Lord, in the Name of God, and in the presence of this Congregation, we purpose now to give Institution into the Cure of Souls in this Parish to our well-beloved in Christ, N., and to induct him into the Incumbency thereof; and, forasmuch as the charge of immortal souls, which our blessed Lord and Saviour hath purchased with his own most precious blood, is so solemn and weighty a thing, we beseech you to join together with us in hearty prayer to Almighty God, that he would vouchsafe to give to this his servant grace to perform aright the duties which appertain to so sacred and grave a trust.

If the Institution has taken place elsewhere and the Bishop is not present, then the Archdeacon (or other person duly authorized by the Bishop), standing by the Lord’s Table, shall read the Mandate of Induction, after which he shall address the people as follows.

DEARLY beloved in the Lord, forasmuch as our well-beloved in Christ, N., hath been appointed and instituted into the Cure of Souls in this Parish by the Bishop of the Diocese; and forasmuch as the Bishop hath issued his Mandate to induct him into the Incumbency thereof; we are assembled together here this day to induct the said N. into the Incumbency of this Parish, with all the rights and emoluments thereto belonging. And forasmuch as the charge of immortal souls is so solemn and weighty a thing, let us join together in hearty prayer to Almighty God, that he would vouchsafe his blessing upon this his servant and the people committed to his charge.

Then silence shall be kept for a space, so that prayer may be made to God.

Then shall be said or sung, all kneeling:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Minister. O Lord, save thy servant;
Answer. Who putteth his trust in thee.
Minister. Send him help from thy holy place;
Answer. And evermore defend him.
Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a strong tower;
Answer. From the face of his enemy.
Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer;
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

Minister.

O ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock: Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors of thy Church diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the same, that when the chief Shepherd shall appear, they may together receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same, and specially to this thy servant now present before thee; and so replenish him with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn him with innocency of life, that he may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the edification of thy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O LORD Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee: Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Then the Incumbent shall stand before the Bishop (sitting in his Chair), or before the Archdeacon or other person duly authorized by the Bishop, and read aloud the declarations and oaths previously made and taken by him.

Then shall be read aloud the Letters of Institution and / or Licence.

INSTITUTION.

To be taken only by the Bishop.

Then the Incumbent shall kneel before the Bishop, who shall deliver to him the Letters of Institution and / or Licence, saying:

ACCEPT this charge, which is mine and thine, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Bishop shall then present to the person instituted the Bible and the Look of Common Prayer, saying:

RECEIVE these Books; and let them be the rule of thy conduct in dispensing God’s holy Word, in leading the devotions of the people, in administering the Sacraments of Christ, and in exercising the discipline of the Church. And be thou in all things a pattern to the flock committed to thy care. Amen.

The Bishop shall give his Blessing to the new Incumbent.

ALMIGHTY God, who hath moved thee to take upon thee this ministry, and hath called thee to exercise it in this place: Grant to thee strength and power to fulfil it to the glory of God and the good of souls, that in so doing thou mayest save thyself and them that hear thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

INDUCTION.

The Bishop shall say to the new Incumbent:

I DO now induct you into the real, actual, and corporal possession of this Church [or the Churches of this Parish], with all the rights, privileges, and emoluments thereto belonging.

If the Bishop do not induct, the Archdeacon (or other person duly authorized by the Bishop) shall hand to the new Incumbent the Letters of Institution and / or Licence. Then shall he say:

BY virtue of the Mandate of the Bishop, I do induct you into the real, actual, and corporal possession of this Church [or the Churches of this Parish], with all the rights, privileges, and emoluments thereto belonging.

One of the Churchwardens shall present to the Incumbent the keys of the Church, and say:

ON behalf of this Parish, and in obedience to the Mandate of the Bishop of the Diocese, I present to you the keys of this Church, in token that we acknowledge you as lawful Incumbent of this Parish.

Then the Incumbent shall answer:

I RECEIVE these keys at your hands, as the pledge of your recognition of me as your appointed Minister.

Then the Archdeacon, together with the Churchwardens, shall conduct the Incumbent to his accustomed seat; and the Archdeacon shall say:

THE LORD preserve thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth for evermore. Amen.

Then a Hymn may be sung.

Then these Admonitions shall be read by the Bishop, or by whom he shall appoint, either at the holy Table or in the various Places as follows:

 

At the Font.

Hear the words of our Saviour Christ, written in the twenty-eighth chapter of the Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

GO ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

IT is the duty of the Minister frequently to admonish the people that they defer not the Baptism of their children; and diligently to seek out and bring any unbaptized persons in the Parish to the holy Sacrament of Baptism; and to catechize, and prepare for Confirmation by the Bishop, those who have been baptized.

The Incumbent.

I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

 

At the place where the Prayers are said.

Hear the words of Saint Paul, written in the second chapter of the First Epistle to Timothy.

I EXHORT therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

IT is the duty of the Minister diligently to say public prayer, and devoutly and reverently to order the service of God’s house.

The Incumbent.

I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

 

At the place where the Lessons are read.

Hear the words of Saint Paul, written in the third chapter of the Second Epistle to Timothy.

ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

IT is the duty of the Minister diligently to study and read God’s holy Word; according to the solemn promise made at his Ordination.

The Incumbent.

I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

 

At the Pulpit.

Hear the words of Saint Paul, written in the fourth chapter of the Second Epistle to Timothy.

I CHARGE thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom: preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.

IT is the duty of the Minister diligently to preach God’s holy Word, and to use public and private monitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as to the whole; according to the solemn promise made at his Ordination.

The Incumbent.

I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

 

At the Lord’s Table.

Hear the words of Saint Paul, written in the tenth and eleventh chapters of the First Epistle to the Corinthians.

THE cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.

IT is the duty of the Minister diligently and frequently to celebrate the holy Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Incumbent.

I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

 

Then, turning to the people, the Bishop, or he whom he shall appoint, shall say:

Hear the words of Saint Paul, written in the ninth chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, and in the fifth chapter of the First Epistle to the Thessalonians.

EVEN so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. We beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

IT is the duty of the people to afford to their Minister at all times all needful help and encouragement in his work, and to give of their substance to his support; so that, being free from worldly anxieties, he may devote himself wholly to the preaching of God’s Word and the ministration of the Sacraments. Therefore, I charge and exhort you, Brethren and Churchwardens of this Parish, to pray continually for this your Minister who is set over you in the Lord, and to help him forward in all the duties of his holy calling. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

The Churchwardens and people shall respond:

We will so do, the Lord being our helper.

Here a Sermon may follow, after which a Hymn or Anthem may be sung and the offerings of the people received.

Immediately before the Benediction, shall be said the two prayers following.

O ALMIGHTY God, who makest us to will and to do of thy good pleasure: Give thy servant grace truly to perform the solemn vows and promises by him made; grant that he may be a faithful dispenser of thy holy Word and Sacraments; and that he may be a godly example to the people committed to his charge; so that, after this life is ended, together they may come to thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE LORD bless you, and keep you. The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace, both now and evermore. Amen.