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Christmas

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         This interesting day, crowned with the history of
5      Truth’s idea,—its earthly advent and nativity,—is
         especially dear to the heart of Christian Scientists; to
         whom Christ’s appearing in a fuller sense is so precious,
         and fraught with divine benedictions for mankind.

         The star that looked lovingly down on the manger of
10    our Lord, lends its resplendent light to this hour: the
         light of Truth, to cheer, guide, and bless man as he
         reaches forth for the infant idea of divine perfection
         dawning upon human imperfection,—that calms man’s
         fears, bears his burdens, beckons him on to Truth and
15    Love and the sweet immunity these bring from sin, sick-
         ness, and death.

         This polar star, fixed in the heavens of divine Science,
         shall be the sign of his appearing who “healeth all our
         diseases;” it hath traversed night, wading through
20    darkness and gloom, on to glory. It doth meet the
         antagonism of error; addressing to dull ears and undis-
         ciplined beliefs words of Truth and Life.

         The star of Bethlehem is the star of Boston, high in
         the zenith of Truth’s domain, that looketh down on the
25    long night of human beliefs, to pierce the darkness and
         melt into dawn.

         The star of Bethlehem is the light of all ages; is the
         light of Love, to-day christening religion undefiled, divine
         Science; giving to it a new name, and the white stone in
30    token of purity and permanence.


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1      The wise men follow this guiding star; the watchful
         shepherd chants his welcome over the cradle of a great
         truth, and saith, “Unto us a child is born,” whose birth
         is less of a miracle than eighteen centuries ago; and “his
5      name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty
         God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

         My heart is filled with joy, that each receding year sees
         the steady gain of Truth’s idea in Christian Science; that
         each recurring year witnesses the balance adjusted more
10    on the side of God, the supremacy of Spirit; as shown
         by the triumphs of Truth over error, of health over sick-
         ness, of Life over death, and of Soul over sense.

         “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true wor-
         shippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.”
15    “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
         me free from the law of sin and death.” “Fear not, little
         flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you
         the kingdom.”

         Press on, press on! ye sons of light,
20    Untiring in your holy fight,
         Still treading each temptation down,
         And battling for a brighter crown.






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