Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
In ecclesiastical policy, is the act of conferring any benefice on another. It was customary for princes to make investiture of ecclesiastical benefices, by delivering to the person they had chosen a pastoral staff and a ring. The account of this ceremony may be seen at large in Mosheim's Ecclesiastica History, cent. 11: part 2: chap. 2.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Investiture'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/i/investiture.html. 1802.