Chapter 2 | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Chapter 2

From Miscellany by



         Page 7


         THE EXTENSION OF THE MOTHER CHURCH
         OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST: ITS INCEPTION,
         CONSTRUCTION, AND DEDICATION
         MRS. EDDY’S MESSAGE TO THE MOTHER CHURCH, JUNE 15, 1902
3      [Extract]
         HERE allow me to interpolate some matters of busi-
         ness that ordinarily find no place in my Message.
6      It is a privilege to acquaint communicants with the
         financial transactions of this church, so far as I know
         them, and especially before making another united effort
9      to purchase more land and enlarge our church edifice so
         as to seat the large number who annually favor us with
         their presence on Communion Sunday.

         THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MOTHER CHURCH,
         JUNE 18, 1902 — TWO MILLION DOLLARS PLEDGED
         Edward A. Kimball, C.S.D., offered the following
15    motion: —
         “Recognizing the necessity for providing an auditorium
         for The Mother Church that will seat four or five thou-
18    sand persons, and acting in behalf of ourselves and the
         Christian Scientists of the world, we agree to contribute


         Page 8


1      any portion of two million dollars that may be necessary
         for this purpose.”
3      In support of the motion, Mr. Kimball said in part:
         “Our denomination is palpably outgrowing the institu-
         tional end thereof. We need to keep pace with our own
6      growth and progress. The necessity here indicated is be-
         yond cavil; beyond resistance in your thought.”
         Judge William G. Ewing, in seconding the motion, said: —
9      “As we have the best church in the world, and as we
         have the best expression of the religion of Jesus Christ,
         let us have the best material symbol of both of these, and
12    in the best city in the world.
         “Now I am sure that I have but expressed the universal
         voice of Christian Scientists, that there should be some-
15    thing done, and done immediately, to make reasonable
         accommodation for the regular business of the Christian
         Science church, and I believe really, with my faint
18    knowledge of arithmetic and the relationship of figures,
         that a church of twenty-four thousand members should
         have a seating capacity of more than nine hundred, if
21    they are all to get in.”
         The motion was carried unanimously.
         Greeting from the Church to Mrs. Eddy
24    “Ten thousand Christian Scientists from throughout
         the world, convened in annual business meeting in
         Boston, send our greeting to you, whom we recognize
27    as logically the natural and indispensable Leader of our
         religious denomination and its activity.
         “Since the last report, in 1900, one hundred and five
30    new churches or congregations have been added, and


         Page 9


1      those previously established have had large accessions
         to their membership. In recognition of the necessity for
3      providing an audience-room in The Mother Church which
         will seat four or five thousand persons, we have agreed to
         contribute any portion of two million dollars that may
6      be needed for that purpose.
         “The instinctive gratitude which not only impels the
         Christian to turn in loving thankfulness to his heavenly
9      Father, but induces him to glory in every good deed and
         thought on the part of every man — this would be scant
         indeed if it did not continually move us to utter our grati-
12    tude to you and declare the depth of our affection and
         esteem.
         “To you, who are standing in the forefront of the effort
15    for righteous reform, we modestly renew the hope and
         desire that we may worthily follow with you in the way
         of salvation through Christ.”
         OUR LEADER’S THANKS
         To the Members of The Mother Church: — I am bankrupt
         in thanks to you, my beloved brethren, who at our last
21    annual meeting pledged yourselves with startling grace
         to contribute any part of two millions of dollars towards
         the purchase of more land for its site, and to enlarge
24    our church edifice in Boston. I never before felt poor
         in thanks, but I do now, and will draw on God for
         the amount I owe you, till I am satisfied with what my
27    heart gives to balance accounts.

         MARY BAKER EDDY
         PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
         July 21, 1902

1      The First Church of Christ, Scientist
         Christian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1903
         It is inevitable that the transforming influence of
3      Christian Science should improve the thought, enlarge the
         favorable expectation, and augment the achievements of
         its followers. It was inevitable that this mighty impulse
6      for good should have externalized itself, ten years ago,
         in an edifice for The Mother Church. It is inevitable
         that this same impulsion should now manifest itself in a
9      beautiful, ample building, embodying the best of design,
         material, and situation.
         Some money has been paid in towards the fund, and
12    some of the churches and other organizations have taken
         steps in this direction, but the time is at hand, now, for
         this entire donation to be specifically subscribed as to
15    amount and date of payment. No appeal has ever been
         made in this behalf, and it is probable that none will be
         made or ever be needed. It is doubtful if the Cause of
18    Christian Science could prosper, in any particular, on the
         basis of fretful or reluctant sacrifice on the part of its
         people. Christian Scientists are not expected to contrib-
21    ute money against their will or as the result of impor-
         tunity or entreaty on the part of some one else.
         They will provide the money necessary to this end,
24    because they recognize the importance of The Mother
         Church to the Cause. They realize that there must be
         a prosperous parent church, in order to insure the pros-
27    perity of the branch churches; indeed, they know that
         it is the prosperous growth of this movement which
         now necessitates this onward step. They know that
30    their own individual welfare is closely interwoven with
         the general welfare of the Cause.


         Page 11


1      Notwithstanding the fact that as Christian Scientists
         we are as yet but imperfect followers of the perfect Christ,
3      and although we may falter or stumble or loiter by the
         way, we know that the Leader of this movement, Mrs.
         Eddy, has been constantly at her post during all the
6      storms that have surged against her for a generation.
         She has been the one of all the world who has encountered
         the full force of antagonism. We know, too, that during
9      these years she has not tried to guide us by means of
         forced marches, but has waited for us to grow into readi-
         ness for each step, and we know that in all this time she
12    has never urged upon us a step that did not result in our
         welfare.
         A year ago she quietly alluded to the need of our
15    Mother Church. She knew that we were ready; the re-
         sponse was instant, spontaneous. Later on she expressed
         much gratification because of prompt and liberal action,
18    and it needs no special insight to predict that she will be
         cheered and encouraged to know that, having seized upon
         this privilege and opportunity, we have also made good
21    the pledge.
         Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, May 16, 1903
         Our readers have been informed of the purchase of the
24    land upon which the new building will be erected, and
         that this land has been paid for. The location is, there-
         fore, determined. The size of the building was decided
27    last June, but there still remained for definite decision
         the amount to be expended and the date for commen-
         cing building operations. The pledge of the annual
30    meeting was “any portion of two million dollars that


         Page 12


1      may be necessary for this purpose,” and this of course
         carried the implication that work should be commenced
3      as soon as the money in hand justified the letting of
         contracts.
         The spontaneous and liberal donations which enabled
6      those having the work in charge to secure the large
         parcel of land adjoining The Mother Church, gives
         promise of the speedy accumulation of a sum sufficient
9      to justify the decision of these remaining problems.
         Each person interested must remember, however, that
         his individual desires, both as to the amount to be
12    expended and the date of commencing work, will be best
         evidenced by the liberality and promptness of his own
         contribution.
15    [Mrs. Eddy in Christian Science Sentinel, May 30, 1903]

         NOW AND THEN
         This was an emphatic rule of St. Paul: “Behold, now
18    is the accepted time.” A lost opportunity is the great-
         est of losses. Whittier mourned it as what “might
         have been.” We own no past, no future, we pos-
21    sess only now. If the reliable now is carelessly lost in
         speaking or in acting, it comes not back again. What-
         ever needs to be done which cannot be done now,
24    God prepares the way for doing; while that which can
         be done now, but is not, increases our indebtedness to
         God. Faith in divine Love supplies the ever-present
27    help and now, and gives the power to “act in the living
         present.”
         The dear children’s good deeds are gems in the settings
30    of manhood and womanhood. The good they desire to


         Page 13


1      do, they insist upon doing now. They speculate neither
         on the past, present, nor future, but, taking no thought
3      for the morrow, act in God’s time.
         A book by Benjamin Wills Newton, called “Thoughts
         on the Apocalypse,” published in London, England, in
6      1853, was presented to me in 1903 by Mr. Marcus
         Holmes. This was the first that I had even heard of
         it. When scanning its interesting pages, my attention
9      was arrested by the following: “The church at Jerusalem,
         like a sun in the centre of its system, had other churches,
         like so many planets, revolving around it. It was
12    strictly a mother and a ruling church.” According to
         his description, the church of Jerusalem seems to pre-
         figure The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, in
15    Boston.
         I understand that the members of The Mother Church,
         out of loving hearts, pledged to this church in Boston
18    any part of two millions of money with which to build
         an ample temple dedicate to God, to Him “who forgiveth
         all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who
21    redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee
         with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth
         thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed
24    like the eagle’s,” — to build a temple the spiritual spire
         of which will reach the stars with divine overtures, holy
         harmony, reverberating through all cycles of systems and
27    spheres.
         Because Christian Scientists virtually pledged this
         munificent sum not only to my church but to Him who
30    returns it unto them after many days, their loving giving
         has been blessed. It has crystallized into a foundation
         for our temple, and it will continue to “prosper in the


         Page 14


1      thing whereto [God, Spirit] sent it.” In the now they
         brought their tithes into His storehouse. Then, when
3      this bringing is consummated, God will pour them out a
         blessing above the song of angels, beyond the ken of
         mortals — a blessing that two millions of love currency
6      will bring to be discerned in the near future as a gleam
         of reality; not a madness and nothing, but a sanity
         and something from the individual, stupendous, Godlike
9      agency of man.
         Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, January 2, 1904
         A few days ago we received a letter from a friend in
12    another city, saying that he had just been informed —
         and his informant claimed to have good authority for the
         statement — that the entire amount required to complete
15    The Mother Church building fund had been paid in;
         consequently further payments or subscriptions were not
         desired.
18    Our friend very promptly and emphatically pro-
         nounced the story a fabrication of the evil one, and he
         was entirely right in doing so. If the devil were really
21    an entity, endowed with genius and inspiration, he could
         not have invented a more subtle lie with which to en-
         snare a generous and loyal people.
24    As a matter of fact, the building fund is not complete,
         but it is in such a healthy state that building operations
         have been commenced, and they will be carried on without
27    interruption until the church is finished. The rapidity
         with which the work will be pushed forward necessitates
         large payments of money, and it is desirable that the con-
30    tributions to the building fund keep pace with the dis-
         bursements.


         Page 15


1      [Christian Science Sentinel, March 5, 1904]
         AMENDMENT TO BY-LAW
3      Section 3 of Article XLI (XXXIV in revised edition) of
         the Church By-laws has been amended to read as follows: —
         THE MOTHER CHURCH BUILDING. — SECTION 3. The
6      edifice erected in 1894 for The First Church of Christ,
         Scientist, in Boston, Mass., shall neither be demolished
         nor removed from the site where it was built, without the
9      written consent of the Pastor Emeritus, Mary Baker
         Eddy.
         COMMUNION, 1904
12    My Beloved Brethren: — My heart goes out to you as
         ever in daily desire that the Giver of all good transform
         you into His own image and likeness. Already I have
15    said to you all that you are able to bear now, and thanking
         you for your gracious reception of it I close with Kate
         Hankey’s excellent hymn, —
18       I love to tell the story,
         Of unseen things above,
         Of Jesus and his glory,
21        Of Jesus and his love.
         I love to tell the story,
         Because I know ’tis true;
24       It satisfies my longings,
         As nothing else can do.
         I love to tell the story;
27       For those who know it best
         Seem hungering and thirsting
         To hear it like the rest.
30       And when, in scenes of glory,
         I sing the NEW, NEW SONG,
         ‘Twill be the OLD, OLD STORY
33        That I have loved so long.


         Page 16


         EXTRACT FROM THE TREASURER’S REPORT, JUNE 14, 1904
         The report of Mr. Stephen A. Chase, treasurer of the
3      building fund of The Mother Church, made to the
         annual meeting, showed that a total of $425,893.66 had
         been received up to and including May 31, 1904, and that
6      there was a balance of $226,285.73 on hand on that date,
         after paying out the sum of $ 199,607.93, which included
         the purchase price of the land for the site of the new
9      building.
         THE CORNER-STONE LAID
         The corner-stone of the new auditorium for The Mother
12    Church in Boston was laid Saturday, July 16, 1904, at
         eight o’clock in the forenoon. In addition to the members
         of the Christian Science Board of Directors, who have
15    the work directly in charge, there were present on this
         occasion: Mr. Alfred Farlow, President of The Mother
         Church; Prof. Hermann S. Hering, First Reader; Mrs.
18    Ella E. Williams, Second Reader; Mr. Charles Brigham
         and Mr. E. Noyes Whitcomb, respectively the architect
         and the builder of the new edifice.
21    The order of the services, which were conducted by the
         First Reader, was as follows: —
         Scripture reading, Isaiah 28: 16, 17, —
24    “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in
         Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious
         corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall
27    not make haste.
         “Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteous-
         ness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the


         Page 17


1      refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding
         place.”
3      Also, 1 Peter 2: 1-6, —
         “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
         hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 6      “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
         that ye may grow thereby:
         “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
9      “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed
         indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
         “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
12    an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, accept-
         able to God by Jesus Christ.
         “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,
15    Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:
         and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”
         The reading of selections from “Science and Health
18    with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, —
         Page 241, lines 13-30
         ” 136, ” 1-5, 9-14
         ” 137, ” 16-5
         ” 583, ” 12-19
         ” 35, ” 20-25
24    This was followed by a few moments of silent prayer
         and the audible repetition of the Lord’s Prayer with its
         spiritual interpretation, as given in the Christian Science
27    textbook, after which the following extracts from Mrs.
         Eddy’s writings were read: —
         “Hitherto, I have observed that in proportion as this
30    church has smiled on His ‘little ones,’ He has blessed
         her. Throughout my entire connection with The Mother


         Page 18


1      Church, I have seen, that in the ratio of her love for
         others, hath His love been bestowed upon her; water-
3      ing her waste places, and enlarging her borders.
         “One thing I have greatly desired, and again earnestly
         request, namely, that Christian Scientists, here and else-
6      where, pray daily for themselves; not verbally, nor on
         bended knee, but mentally, meekly, and importunately.
         When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother
9      God for bread, it is not given a stone, — but more grace,
         obedience, and love. If this heart, humble and trustful,
         faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of
12    heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness
         to receive the answer to its desire; then will flow into it
         the ‘river of His pleasure,’ the tributary of divine Love,
15    and great growth in Christian Science will follow, — even
         that joy which finds one’s own in another’s good.” (Mis-
         cellaneous Writings, p. 127.)
18    “Beloved brethren, the love of our loving Lord was
         never more manifest than in its stern condemnation of all
         error, wherever found. I counsel thee, rebuke and exhort
21    one another. Love all Christian churches for the gospel’s
         sake; and be exceedingly glad that the churches are united
         in purpose, if not in method, to close the war between
24    flesh and Spirit, and to fight the good fight till God’s will
         be witnessed and done on earth as in heaven.” (Christian
         Science versus Pantheism, p. 13.)
27    The corner-stone was then laid by the members of the
         Christian Science Board of Directors. It contained the
         following articles: The Holy Bible; “Science and Health
30    with Key to the Scriptures” and all other published
         writings of the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer


         Page 19


1      and Founder of Christian Science; Christian Science
         Hymnal; “The Mother Church;” the current numbers of
3      The Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel,
         Der Herold der Christian Science, and the Christian Science
         Quarterly.
6      The ceremony concluded with the repetition of “the
         scientific statement of being,” from Science and Health
         (p. 468), and the benediction, 2 Corinthians 13:14:
9      “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
         God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you
         all. Amen.”
         UNSELFISH LOYALTY
         To one of the many branch churches which contributed
         their local church building funds to The Mother Church
15    building fund, Mrs. Eddy wrote as follows: —
         FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
         Colorado Springs, Col.
18    Beloved Brethren: — It is conceded that our shadows
         follow us in the sunlight wherever we go; but I ask for
         more, even this: That this dear church shall be pursued
21    by her substance, the immortal fruition of her unselfed
         love, and that her charity, which “seeketh not her
         own” but another’s good, shall reap richly the reward of
24    goodness.
         Those words of our holy Way-shower, vibrant through
         time and eternity with acknowledgment of exemplary
27    giving, no doubt fill the memory and swell the hearts of
         the members of The Mother Church, because of that gift
         which you so sacredly bestowed towards its church build-
30    ing fund. These are applicable words: “Verily I say
         unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached


         Page 20


1      throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done
         shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” (Mark 14: 9.)
3           Gratefully yours in Christ,
         MARY BAKER EDDY
         PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
6           September 1, 1904

         HOLIDAY GIFTS
         Beloved Students: — The holidays are coming, and I
9      trow you are awaiting on behalf of your Leader the
         loving liberty of their license. May I relieve you of
         selecting, and name your gifts to her, in advance?
12    Send her only what God gives to His church. Bring
         all your tithes into His storehouse, and what you would
         expend for presents to her, please add to your givings
15    to The Mother Church building fund, and let this
         suffice for her rich portion in due season. Send no gifts
         to her the ensuing season, but the evidences of glorious
18    growth in Christian Science.
         MARY BAKER EDDY
         PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
21          October 31, 1904

         A WORD FROM THE DIRECTORS, MAY, 1905
         In view of the fact that a general attendance of the
24    members of The Mother Church at the communion
         and annual meeting in Boston entails the expenditure
         of a large amount of money, and the further fact that
27    it is important that the building fund of The Mother
         Church should be completed as early as possible, it has
         been decided to omit this year the usual large gathering
30    in Boston, and to ask the members to contribute to


         Page 21


1      the building fund the amount which they would have
         expended in such an event.
3      We all know of the loving self-sacrifices which have been
         made by many of the branch churches in transferring to
         this fund the money which had been collected for the
6      purpose of building church homes of their own, and it will
         thus be seen that the course suggested will not only
         hasten the completion of The Mother Church, but will
9      also advance the erection of many branch churches.
         We therefore feel sure that all Christian Scientists will
         gladly forego a visit to Boston at this time, in order to
12    contribute more liberally to the building fund and thereby
         aid the progress of our Cause throughout the world.
         Christian Scientists have learned from experience that
15    divine Love more than compensates for every seeming
         trial and deprivation in our loyalty to Truth, and it is
         but right to expect that those who are willing to forego
18    their anticipated visit this year will receive a greater
         blessing — “good measure, pressed down, and shaken
         together, and running over.” The local members, who
21    have always experienced much pleasure in welcoming
         their brethren from far and near, and who have antici-
         pated much joy in meeting very many of them this year,
24    will feel that they have been called upon to make no less
         sacrifice than have others; but we are confident that
         they too will be blessed, and that all will rejoice in the
27    glad reunion upon the completion of the new edifice in
         Boston.
         IRA O. KNAPP,     JOSEPH ARMSTRONG,
30    WILLIAM B. JOHNSON,     STEPHEN A. CHASE,
         ARCHIBALD McLELLAN,
         The Christian Science Board of Directors


         Page 22


         THE ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 13, 1905
         Extract from the Clerk’s Report
3      In the year 1902 our Leader saw the need of a larger
         edifice for the home of The Mother Church, one that
         would accommodate the constantly increasing attendance
6      at all the services, and the large gatherings at the annual
         meeting; and, at the annual meeting in June, 1902, a
         sum of money adequate to erect such a building was
9      pledged. Christian Scientists have contributed already
         for this grand and noble purpose, but let us not be uncon-
         sciously blind to the further needs of the building fund,
12    in order to complete this great work, nor wait to be urged
         or to be shown the absolute necessity of giving.
         Since 1866, almost forty years ago, — almost forty
15    years in the wilderness, — our beloved Leader and teacher,
         Mrs. Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science, has labored
         for the regeneration of mankind; and time has put its
18    seal of affirmation upon every purpose she has set in
         motion, and the justification of her labors is the fruit.
         In these years of work she has shown wisdom, faith, and
21    a spiritual discernment of the needs of the present and of
         the future that is nothing less than God-bestowed.
         In years to come the moral and the physical effects
24    produced by The Mother Church, and by the advanced
         position taken by our Pastor Emeritus and Leader, will
         appear in their proper perspective. Is it not therefore
27    the duty of all who have touched the healing hem of
         Christian Science, to get immediately into the proper
         perspective of the meaning of the erection of the new
30    edifice of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in
         Boston?


         Page 23


1      It is not necessary for us to delay our contributions in
         order to find out how much our neighbor has given, or to
3      compute by the total membership of The Mother Church
         what amount each shall send the Treasurer. The divine
         Love that prompted the desire, and supplied the means to
6      consummate the erection of the present edifice in 1894, is
         still with us, and will bless us so long as we follow His
         commands.
         Extract from the Treasurer’s Report
         Building Fund: — Amount on hand June 1, 1905,
         $303,189.41; expenditures June 1, 1904 to May 31, 1905,
12    $388,663.15; total receipts June 19, 1902 to June l,
         1905, $891,460.49.
         Amount necessary to complete the sum of $2,000,000
15    pledged at the annual meeting, 1902, $1,108,539.51.
         Greeting to Mrs. Eddy from the Annual Meeting
         Beloved Teacher and Leader: — The members of your
18    church, The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ,
         Scientist, in Boston, Mass., in annual business meeting
         assembled, send their loyal and loving greetings to you,
21    the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and
         author of its textbook.
         We rejoice greatly that the walls of our new edifice are
24    rising, not only to faith but also to sight; that this temple,
         which represents the worship of Spirit, with its inseparable
         accompaniment, the Christ-healing, is being built in our
27    day; and that we have the privilege of participating
         in the work of its erection. As the stately structure
         grows, and stone is laid upon stone, those who pass by are


         Page 24


1      impelled to ask, What means this edifice? and they learn
         that the truth which Christ Jesus revealed — the truth
3      which makes free — is to-day being proven and is ready
         to heal all who accept its divine ministry. We congratu-
         late you that the building is to express in its ample audi-
6      torium something of the vastness of the truth it represents,
         and also to symbolize your unmeasured love for humanity,
         which inspires you to welcome all mankind to the privi-
9      leges of this healing and saving gospel. As the walls are
         builded by the prayers and offerings of the thousands
         who have been healed through Christian Science, we know
12    that you rejoice in the unity of thought and purpose
         which is thus expressed, showing that The Mother Church
         “fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the
15    Lord.”
         Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, November 25, 1905
         We are prompted to state, for the benefit of those who
18    have inquired about the progress of the work on the
         extension to The Mother Church, that the erection of the
         building is proceeding rapidly; in fact, it is being pushed
21    with the utmost energy, and at the present time there
         are no less than fifteen different trades represented. The
         beauty of the building, and the substantial and enduring
24    character of its construction, have been remarked by the
         many visitors who have recently inspected the work, and
         they have gone away with the conviction that the structure
27    is worthy of our Cause and that it will meet the needs of
         The Mother Church as well as this can be done by a
         building with a seating capacity of five thousand.
30    It therefore occurs to us that there could be no more
         appropriate time for completing the building fund than


         Page 25


1      the present Thanksgiving season; and it is suggested to our
         readers that there would be great propriety in making a
         special effort during the coming week to dispose fully and
         finally of this feature of the demonstration.
         [Christian Science Sentinel, March 17, 1906]
         GIFTS FROM THE CHILDREN
         The great interest exhibited by the children who attend
         the Sunday School of The Mother Church is shown by
9      their contributions to the building fund. The following
         figures are taken from the report of the secretary of the
         Sunday School and are most gratifying:
12    March 1, 1903 to February 29, 1904, $621.10; March 1,
         1904 to February 28, 1905, $845.96; March 1, 1905 to
         February 28, 1906, $1,112.13; total, $2,579.19.
         CARD
         Will one and all of my dear correspondents accept this,
         my answer to their fervid question: Owing to the time
18    consumed in travel, et cetera, I cannot be present in
         propria persona at our annual communion and the dedi-
         cation in June next of The Mother Church of Christ,
21    Scientist. But I shall be with my blessed church “in
         spirit and in truth.”
         I have faith in the givers and in the builders of this
24    church edifice, — admiration for and faith in the grandeur
         and sublimity of this superb superstructure, wherein all
         vanity of victory disappears and the glory of divinity
27    appears in all its promise.
         MARY BAKER EDDY
         PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H., 30    April 8, 1906


         Page 26


1      [Christian Science Sentinel, April 14, 1906]
         ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEDICATION
3      The Christian Science Board of Directors takes pleasure
         in announcing that the extension of The Mother Church
         will be dedicated on the date of the annual communion,
6      Sunday, June 10, 1906.
         [Christian Science Sentinel, April 28, 1906]
         TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
9      My Beloved Students: — Your generous check of five
         thousand dollars, April 23, 1906, is duly received. You
         can imagine my gratitude and emotion at the touch of
12    memory. Your beneficent gift is the largest sum of money
         that I have ever received from my church, and quite
         unexpected at this juncture, but not the less appreciated.
15    My Message for June 10 is ready for you. It is too
         short to be printed in book form, for I thought it better
         to be brief on this rare occasion. This communion and
18    dedication include enough of their own.
         The enclosed notice I submit to you, and trust that you
         will see, as I foresee, the need of it. Now is the time to
21    throttle the lie that students worship me or that I claim
         their homage. This historical dedication should date
         some special reform, and this notice is requisite to give
24    the true animus of our church and denomination.
         Lovingly yours,
         MARY BAKER EDDY
27    PLEASANT VIEW, Concord, N. H.,
         April 23, 1906


         Page 27


         NOTICE
         To the Beloved Members of my Church, The Mother Church,
3      The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. — Divine
         Love bids me say: Assemble not at the residence of your
         Pastor Emeritus at or about the time of our annual
6      meeting and communion service, for the divine and not
         the human should engage our attention at this sacred
         season of prayer and praise.
9           MARY BAKER EDDY
         NOTICE TO CONTRIBUTORS TO THE BUILDING FUND
         The contributors to the building fund for the extension
12    of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ,
         Scientist, in Boston, Mass., are hereby notified that
         sufficient funds have been received for the completion of
15    the church building, and the friends are requested to send
         no more money to this fund.
         STEPHEN A. CHASE,
18         Treasurer of the Building Fund
         BOSTON, MASS., June 2, 1906
         Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, June 9, 1906
21    Christian Scientists will read with much joy and
         thanksgiving the announcement made by Mr. Chase in
         this issue of the Sentinel that sufficient funds have been
24    received by him, as treasurer of the building fund, to
         pay all bills in connection with the extension of The
         Mother Church, and to most of them the fact that he


         Page 28


1      has been able to make this announcement coincident
         with the completion of the building will be deeply
3      significant. Our Leader has said in Science and Health
         (p. 494), “Divine Love always has met and always
         will meet every human need,” and this has been proved
6      true in the experience of many who have contributed
         to the building fund.
         The treasurer’s books will show the dollars and cents
9      received by him, but they can give no more than a hint of
         the unselfish efforts, and in many instances the loving
         self-sacrifice, of those who have given so generously to the
12    building of this church. Suffice it to say, however, that
         the giving to this fund has stimulated those gentle
         qualities which mark the true Christian, and its influence
15    upon the lives of thousands has been of immense value to
         them.
         The significance of this building is not to be found in
18    the material structure, but in the lives of those who, under
         the consecrated leadership of Mrs. Eddy, and following
         her example, are doing the works which Jesus said should
21    mark the lives of his followers. It stands as the visible
         symbol of a religion which heals the sick and reforms
         the sinful as our Master healed and reformed them. It
24    proclaims to the world that Jesus’ gospel was for all time
         and for all men; that it is as effective to-day as it was
         when he preached the Word of God to the multitudes of
27    Judea and healed them of their diseases and their sins.
         It speaks for the successful labors of one divinely guided
         woman, who has brought to the world the spiritual under-
30    standing of the Scriptures, and whose ministry has revealed
         the one true Science and changed the whole aspect of
         medicine and theology.


         Page 29


1      [Christian Science Sentinel, June 16, 1906. Reprinted from
         Boston Herald]
         COMMUNION SERVICE AND DEDICATION
         Five thousand people kneeling in silent communion;
         a stillness profound; and then, rising in unison from the
6      vast congregation, the words of the Lord’s Prayer! Such
         was the closing incident of the dedicatory services of the
         extension of The Mother Church, The First Church of
9      Christ, Scientist, at the corner of Falmouth and Norway
         Streets, yesterday morning. And such was the scene
         repeated six times during the day.
12    It was a sight which no one who saw it will ever be able
         to forget. Many more gorgeous church pageantries have
         been seen in this country and in an older civilization;
15    there have been church ceremonies that appealed more
         to the eye, but the impressiveness of this lay in its very
         simplicity; its grandeur sprang from the complete
18    unanimity of thought and of purpose. There was some-
         thing emanating from the thousands who worshipped
         under the dome of the great edifice whose formal open-
21    ing they had gathered to observe, that appealed to and
         fired the imagination. A comparatively new religion
         launching upon a new era, assuming an altogether differ-
24    ent status before the world!
         Even the sun smiled kindly upon the dedication of the
         extension of The Mother Church. With a cooling breeze
27    to temper the heat, the thousands who began to congregate
         about the church as early as half past five in the morning
         were able to wait patiently for the opening of the doors
30    without suffering the inconveniences of an oppressive day.
         From that time, until the close of the evening service,


         Page 30


1      Falmouth and Norway Streets held large crowds of people,
         either coming from a service or awaiting admission to
3      one. As all the services were precisely the same in every
         respect, nobody attended more than one, so that there
         were well over thirty thousand people who witnessed
6      the opening. Not only did these include Scientists from
         all over the world, and nearly all the local Scientists,
         but many hundreds of other faiths, drawn to the church
9      from curiosity, and from sympathy, too.
         It spoke much for the devotion of the members to their
         faith, the character of the attendance. In those huge
12    congregations were business men come from far distant
         points at personal sacrifices of no mean order; profes-
         sional men, devoted women members, visitors from
15    Australia, from India, from England, from Germany,
         from Switzerland, from South Africa, from Hawaii, from
         the coast States.
18    They gave generously of their means in gratitude for the
         epoch-making event. The six collections were large, and
         when the plates were returned after having been through
21    the congregations, they were heaped high with bills, with
         silver, and with gold. Some of these contributions were
         one-hundred-dollar bills. Without ostentation and quite
24    voluntarily the Scientists gave a sum surpassing some of
         the record collections secured by evangelists for the work
         of Christianity.
27    Though the church was filled for the service at half
         past seven, and hundreds had to be turned away, by far
         the largest crowd of the day applied for admission at the
30    ten o’clock service, and it was representative of the entire
         body of the Christian Science church.
         Before half past seven the chimes of the new church


         Page 31


1      began to play, first the “Communion Hymn,” succeeded
         by the following hymns throughout the day: “The
3      morning light is breaking;” “Shepherd, show me how
         to go;” “Just as I am, without one plea;” “I need
         Thee every hour;” “Blest Christmas morn;” “Abide
6      with me;” “Day by day the manna fell;” “Oh, the
         clanging bells of time;” “Still, still with Thee;” “O’er
         waiting harpstrings of the mind;” Doxology.
9      Promptly at half past six the numerous doors of the
         church were thrown open and the public had its first
         glimpse of the great structure, the cost of which approxi-
12    mates two millions of dollars, contributed from over the
         entire world. The first impression was of vastness, then
         of light and cheerfulness, and when the vanguard of the
15    thousands had been seated, expressions of surprise and of
         admiration were heard on every hand for the beauty and
         the grace of the architecture. The new home for worship
18    that was opened by the Scientists in Boston yesterday
         can take a place in the front rank of the world’s houses
         of worship, and it is no wonder that the first sight which
21    the visitors caught of its interior should have impressed
         them as one of the events of their lives.
         First Reader William D. McCrackan, accompanied by
24    the Second Reader, Mrs. Laura Carey Conant, and the
         soloist for the services, Mrs. Hunt, was on the Readers’
         platform. Stepping to the front of the platform, when
27    the congregation had taken their seats, the First Reader
         announced simply that they would sing Hymn 161,
         written by Mrs. Eddy, as the opening of the dedicatory
30    service. And what singing it was! As though trained
         carefully under one leader, the great body of Scientists
         joined in the song of praise.


         Page 32


1      Spontaneous unanimity and repetition in unison were
         two of the most striking features of the services. When,
3      after five minutes of silent communion at the end of the
         service, the congregation began to repeat the Lord’s
         Prayer, they began all together, and their voices rose as
6      one in a heartfelt appeal to the creator.
         So good are the acoustic properties of the new structure
         that Mr. McCrackan and Mrs. Conant could be heard
9      perfectly in every part of it, and they did not have to lift
         their voices above the usual platform tone.
         Following the organ voluntary — Fantasie in E minor,
12    Merkel — the order of service was as follows: —
         Hymn 161, from the Hymnal. Words by the Rev.
         Mary Baker Eddy.(1)
15    Reading from the Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26: 1, 2,
         5-10 (first sentence).
         Silent prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the
18         Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation as given in
         the Christian Science textbook.
         Hymn 166, from the Hymnal.(2)
21    Reading of notices.
         Reading of Tenets of The Mother Church.
         Collection.
24    Solo, “Communion Hymn,” words by the Rev. Mary
         Baker Eddy, music by William Lyman Johnson.
         Reading of annual Message from the Pastor Emeritus,
27         the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy.
         Reading the specially prepared Lesson-Sermon.
         After the reading of the Lesson-Sermon, silent com-
30         munion, which concluded with the audible repetition of
         the Lord’s Prayer.
         (1) Hymn 306, (2) Hymn 108, in Revised Hymnal


         Page 33


1      Singing the Communion Doxology.
         Reading of a despatch from the members of the church
3           to Mrs. Eddy.
         Reading of “the scientific statement of being” (Sci-
         ence and Health, p. 468), and the correlative Scripture,
6           1 John 3: 1-3.
         The benediction.
         The subject of the special Lesson-Sermon was “Adam,
9      Where Art Thou?” the Golden Text: “Search me, O
         God, and know my heart: try me, and know my
         thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me,
12    and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalms 139: 23,
         24.) The responsive reading was from Psalms 15: 1-5;
         24: 1-6, 9, 10.
15    1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall
         dwell in thy holy hill?
         2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteous-
18         ness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
         3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth
         evil to his neighbor, nor taketh up a reproach against his
12         neighbor.
         4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he
         honoreth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to
24         his own hurt, and changeth not.
         5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor
         taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these
27         things shall never be moved.
         1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof;
         the world, and they that dwell therein.
30    2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established
         it upon the floods.


         Page 34


1      3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who
         shall stand in his holy place?
3      4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who
         hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn
         deceitfully.
6      5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and
         righteousness from the God of his salvation.
         6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that
9           seek thy face, O Jacob.
         9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye
         everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
12    10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he
         is the King of glory.
         The Lesson-Sermon consisted of the following citations
15    from the Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the
         Scriptures” by the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, and was
         read by Mr. McCrackan and Mrs. Conant: —
18                    I
         The Bible           Science and Health (1)
         Genesis 3: 9-11       224: 22
21    Proverbs 8: 1, 4, 7      559: 8-10, 19
         Mark 2: 15-17          181: 21-25
         307: 31-8
24               II
         Psalms 51: 1-3, 6, 10, 12, 308: 8, 16-28 This;
         13, 17           Jacob
         323: 19-24, 28-32
         When; The effects
         (1)The Science and Health references in this lesson are according
30    to the 1913 edition.


         Page 35


1                 III
         The Bible          Science and Health
3      Hebrews 11: 1, 3, 6       297: 20 Faith
         Proverbs 3: 5, 6       241: 23-27
         Job 28: 20, 23, 28      275: 25
6      1 Corinthians 14: 20      505: 21-28 Under-
         standing
         536: 8
9                 IV
         Psalms 86: 15, 16       345: 31
         Matthew 9: 2-8          337: 10
12                    525: 4
         494: 30-2 Our Master
         476: 32-4
15                    171: 4
         V
         Mark 12: 30, 31       9: 17-21 Dost thou
18    John 21: 1 (first      53: 8-11
         clause), 14-17      54:29- 1
         1 John 4: 21            560: 11-19, 22 The
21                         great; Abuse
         565: 18-22
         VI
24    John 21: 4-6, 9, 12, 13           34: 29-29
         Revelation 3: 20
         Revelation 7: 13,14,16,17
27    During the progress of each service, First Reader
         William D. McCrackan read to the congregation the


         Page 36


1      dedicatory Message from their teacher and Leader, Mrs.
         Mary Baker Eddy.
3      The telegram from the church to Mrs. Eddy was read
         by Mr. Edward A. Kimball of Chicago, and the five
         thousand present rose as one to indicate their approval
6      of it.
         REV. MARY BAKER EDDY, Pastor Emeritus
         Beloved Teacher and Leader: — The members of your
9      church have assembled at this sacred time to commune
         with our infinite heavenly Father and again to consecrate
         all that we are or hope to be to a holy Christian service
12    that shall be acceptable unto God.
         Most of us are here because we have been delivered from
         beds of sickness or withheld from open graves or reclaimed
15    from vice or redeemed from obdurate sin. We have ex-
         changed the tears of sorrow for the joy of repentance and
         the peace of a more righteous living, and now with blessed
18    accord we are come, in humility, to pour out our gratitude
         to God and to bear witness to the abundance of salvation
         through His divine Christ.
21    At this altar, dedicated to the only true God, we who
         have been delivered from the depths increase the measure
         of our devotion to the daily life and purpose which are in
24    the image and likeness of God.
         By these stately walls; by this sheltering dome; by
         all the beauty of color and design, the Christian Scientists
27    of the world, in tender affection for the cause of human
         weal, have fulfilled a high resolve and set up this taber-
         nacle, which is to stand as an enduring monument, a sign
30    of your understanding and proof that our Supreme
         God, through His power and law, is the natural healer


         Page 37


1      of all our diseases and hath ordained the way of salva-
         tion of all men from all evil. No vainglorious boast,
3      no pride of circumstances has place within the sacred
         confines of this sanctuary. Naught else than the gran-
         deur of humility and the incense of gratitude and com-
6      passionate love can acceptably ascend heavenward from
         this house of God.
         It is from the depths of tenderest gratitude, respect,
9      and affection that we declare again our high appreciation
         of all that you have done and continue to do for the ever-
         lasting advantage of this race. Through you has been
12    revealed the verity and rule of the Christianity of Christ
         which has ever healed the sick. By your fidelity and the
         constancy of your obedience during forty years you have
15    demonstrated this Science before the gaze of universal
         humanity. By reason of your spiritual achievement the
         Cause of Christian Science has been organized and main-
18    tained, its followers have been prospered, and the philos-
         ophy of the ages transformed. Recognizing the grand
         truth that God is the supreme cause of all the activities of
21    legitimate existence, we also recognize that He has made
         known through your spiritual perception the substance
         of Christian Science, and that this church owes itself and
24    its prosperity to the unbroken activity of your labors,
         which have been and will still be the pretext for our
         confident and favorable expectation.
27    We have read your annual Message to this church.
         We are deeply touched by its sweet entreaty, its ineffable
         loving-kindness, its wise counsel and admonition.
30    With sacred resolution do we pray that we may give
         heed and ponder and obey. We would be glad if our
         prayers, our rejoicing, and our love could recompense your


         Page 38


1      long sacrifice and bestow upon you the balm of heavenly
         joy, but knowing that every perfect gift cometh from
3      above, and that in God is all consolation and comfort,
         we rest in this satisfying assurance, while we thank you
         and renew the story of our love for you and for all that
6      you are and all that you have done for us.
         WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, Clerk
         By means of a carefully trained corps of ushers, num-
9      bering two hundred, there was no confusion in finding
         seats, and when all seating space had been filled no more
         were admitted until the next service. The church was
12    filled for each service in about twenty minutes, and was
         emptied in twelve, in spite of the fact that many of
         the visitors showed a tendency to tarry to examine the
15    church.
         It was “children’s day” at noon, for the service at half
         past twelve was specially reserved for them. They filled
18    all the seats in the body of the church, and when it came
         to the singing, the little ones were not a whit behind their
         elders, their shrill trebles rising with the roll of the organ
21    in almost perfect time. In every respect their service was
         the same as all the others.
         There was no more impressive feature of the dedication
24    than the silent communion. Devout Scientists said after
         the service that they would ever carry with them the
         memory of it.
         THE ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 12, 1906
         The annual meeting of The First Church of Christ,
         Scientist, in Boston, was held in the extension of The
30    Mother Church, Tuesday, June 12, at ten o’clock in the


         Page 39


1      forenoon, and in order to accommodate those who could
         not gain admittance at that hour a second session was held
3      at two o’clock in the afternoon. The meeting was opened
         by the President, Rev. William P. McKenzie, who read
         from the Bible and Science and Health as follows: —
6      The Bible          Science and Health
         Isaiah 54: 1-5, 10-15,          571: 22
         17           574: 3-16, 27 The Revela-
9      Revelation 19: 1, 6-9            tor; The very
         577: 4
         Then followed a short silent prayer and the audible
12    repetition of the Lord’s Prayer, in which all joined. The
         following list of officers for the ensuing year was read by
         the Clerk: —
15    President, Willis F. Gross, C.S.B.; Treasurer, Stephen
         A. Chase, C.S.D.; Clerk, William B. Johnson, C.S.D.
         In introducing the new President, Mr. McKenzie said: —
18    When I introduce the incoming President, my modest
         task will be ended. You will allow me, however, the
         privilege of saying a few words of reminder and prophecy.
21    My thoughts revert to a former occasion, when it was my
         pleasant duty to preside at an annual meeting when our
         Pastor Emeritus, Mrs. Eddy, was present. We remember
24    her graciousness and dignity. We recall the harmonious
         tones of her gentle voice. Our hearts were thrilled by her
         compassion, and the memory lives with us. But even more
27    distinctly may we realize her presence with us to-day.
         Why? Because our own growth in love and unity enables
         us to comprehend better the strength and beauty of her
30    character.


         Page 40


1      Moreover, this completed extension of The Mother
         Church is an evidence to us of her hospitable love. She
3      has desired for years to have her church able to give
         more adequate reception to those who hunger and thirst
         after practical righteousness; and we are sure that now
6      the branch churches of The Mother Church will also en-
         large their hospitality, so that these seekers everywhere
         may be satisfied. This will imply the subsidence of criti-
9      cism among workers. It may even imply that some who
         have been peacebreakers shall willingly enter into the
         blessedness of peacemakers. Nothing will be lost, how-
12    ever, by those who relinquish their cherished resentments,
         forsake animosity, and abandon their strongholds of
         rivalry. Through rivalries among leaders Christendom
15    became divided into warring sects; but the demand
         of this age is for peacemaking, so that Christianity
         may more widely reassert its pristine power to bring
18    health and a cure to pain-racked and sorrow-worn hu-
         manity. “The wisdom that is from above is first
         pure, then peaceable, . . . And the fruit of righteous-
21    ness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
         “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called
         the children of God.”
24    Our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, has presented to the world the
         ideal of Christianity, because she is an exact metaphysi-
         cian. She has illustrated what the poet perceived when he
27    said, “All’s love, but all’s law.” She has obeyed the divine
         Principle, Love, without regrets and without resistance.
         Human sense often rebels against law, hence the proverb:
30    Dura lex, sed lex (Hard is the law, nevertheless it is
         the law). But by her own blameless and happy life,
         as well as by her teachings, our Leader has induced a


         Page 41


1      multitude — how great no man can number — to be-
         come gladly obedient to law, so that they think rightly
3      or righteously.
         No one can change the law of Christian metaphysics,
         the law of right thinking, nor in any wise alter its
6      effects. It is a forever fact that the meek and lowly in
         heart are blessed and comforted by divine Love. If the
         proud are lonely and uncomforted, it is because they
9      have thoughts adverse to the law of love. Pride, arro-
         gance, and self-will are unmerciful, and so receive judg-
         ment without mercy; but the law of metaphysics says,
12    “Blessed are the merciful,” and will allow no one to
         escape that blessedness, howsoever far he may stray,
         whatsoever lawlessness of hatred he may practise and
15    suffer from.
         So we see that Christian Science makes no compromise
         with evil, sin, wrong, or imperfection, but maintains the
18    perfect standard of truth and righteousness and joy. It
         teaches us to rise from sentimental affection which ad-
         mires friends and hates enemies, into brotherly love which
21    is just and kind to all and unable to cherish any enmity.
         It brings into present and hourly application what Paul
         termed “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” and
24    shows man that his real estate is one of blessedness. Why
         should any one postpone his legitimate joy, and disregard
         his lawful inheritance, which is “incorruptible and unde-
27    filed”? Our Leader and teacher not only discovered
         Christian Science, but through long years of consecration
         has obeyed its every demand, for our sakes as well as
30    for her own; and we begin to understand how illim-
         itable is the Love which supports such selfless devotion,
         we begin to comprehend the “beauty of holiness,” and


         Page 42


1      to be truly grateful to her who has depicted its form
         and comeliness. We have found it true that “she
3      openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is
         the law of kindness.”
         It is my pleasure to introduce to you a faithful follower
6      of this Leader as the President for the coming year, Willis
         F. Gross, C.S.B., one who has for many years “witnessed
         a good confession” in the practice of Christian Science.
9      You are no doubt already acquainted with him as one of
         the helpful contributors to our periodicals, so that any
         further words of mine are unnecessary.
12    Mr. Gross, on assuming office, said: —
         Beloved Friends: — Most unexpectedly to me came the
         call to serve you in this capacity, and I desire to improve
15    this opportunity to express my thanks for the honor con-
         ferred upon me. With a heart filled with gratitude for the
         countless blessings which have come into my life through
18    Christian Science, I shall endeavor to perform this service
         to the best of my ability.
         It affords me great pleasure to welcome you to our first
21    annual meeting held in the extension of The Mother
         Church. I shall not attempt to speak of the deep signifi-
         cance of this momentous occasion. I realize that only as
24    infinite good unfolds in each individual consciousness can
         we begin to comprehend, even in small degree, how great
         is the work that has been inaugurated by our beloved
27    Leader, how faithful is her allegiance to God, how untiring
         are her efforts, and how successful she is in the performance
         of her daily tasks.
30    “With a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm”
         were the children of Israel delivered from the bondage of


         Page 43


1      the Egyptians, but this deliverance did not put them in
         possession of the promised land. An unknown wilder-
3      ness was before them, and that wilderness must be con-
         quered. The law was given that they might know what
         was required of them, that they might have a definite rule
6      of action whereby to order aright the affairs of daily life.
         Obedience to the demands of the law revealed the God
         of their fathers, and they learned to know Him. During
9      their sojourn in the wilderness they suffered defeats and
         met with disappointments, but they learned from experi-
         ence and finally became willingly obedient to the voice of
12    their leader. The crossing of the Jordan brought them
         into the promised land, and this experience was almost
         as marvellous as had been the passage of the Red Sea
15    forty years before. In obedience to the command of
         Joshua, twelve stones taken from the midst of the river
         were set up on the other side for a memorial. In future
18    generations when it was asked, “What mean ye by these
         stones?” it was told them: Israel came over this Jordan
         on dry ground.
21    Forty years ago the Science of Christian healing was
         revealed to our beloved Leader, the Rev. Mary Baker
         Eddy. A few years later she gave us our textbook,
24    “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” Obedi-
         ence to the teachings of this book has brought us to this
         hour. We have learned from experience, and to-day we
27    rejoice that we have found in Christian Science that
         which heals and saves.
         The world looks with wonder upon this grand achieve-
30    ment, — the completion and dedication of our magnificent
         temple, — and many are asking, “What mean ye by these
         stones?” The answer is, The way out of the wilderness


         Page 44


1      of human beliefs has been revealed. Through the under-
         standing of God as an ever-present help, the sick are being
3      healed, the shackles of sin are being broken, heavy burdens
         are being laid down, tears are being wiped away, and
         Israel is going up to possess the promised land of eternal,
6      harmonious existence.
         Friends, our progress may be fast or it may be slow,
         but one thing is certain, it will be sure, if we are obe-
9      dient to the loving counsel of our ever faithful Leader.
         The Christ is here, has come to individual conscious-
         ness; and the faithful disciple rejoices in prophecy ful-
12    filled, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of
         the world.”
         Telegram to Mrs. Eddy
15    Judge Septimus J. Hanna then advanced to the
         front of the platform, read the following despatch, and
         moved that it be forwarded at once to our Leader,
18    Mrs. Eddy. The motion was carried unanimously by a
         rising vote.
         The despatch was as follows: —
21    TO THE REV. MARY BAKER EDDY,
         Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.
         Beloved Teacher and Leader: — The members of The
24    Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
         in Boston, Mass., in annual meeting assembled, hereby
         convey to you their sincere greetings and their deep
27    love.
         They desire to express their continued loyalty to your
         teachings, their unshaken confidence in the unerring wis-
30    dom of your leadership, and their confident assurance


         Page 45


1      that strict and intelligent recognition of and obedience to
         the comprehensive means by you provided for the further-
3      ance of our Cause, will result in its perpetuity as well
         as in the ultimate regeneration of its adherents and of
         mankind.
6      We are witnessing with joy and gratitude the significant
         events associated with this, one of the greatest and most
         important gatherings of Christian Scientists in the annals
9      of our history. Yet the upwards of thirty thousand who
         are physically present at the dedication represent only a
         small part of the entire body who are of us and with us
12    in the animus and spirit of our movement.
         The great temple is finished! That which you have long
         prophetically seen has been accomplished. The magnifi-
15    cent edifice stands a fitting monument of your obedience
         and fidelity to the divine Principle revealed to you in that
         momentous hour when purblind mortal sense declared you
18    to be in extremis. You followed unswervingly the guid-
         ance of Him who went before you by day in a pillar of
         cloud to lead you in the way, and by night in a pillar
21    of fire to give you light, and the results of such following
         have been marvellous beyond human ken. As clearly
         as in retrospect we see the earlier leading, we now discern
24    the fulfilment of the later prophecy, that “He took not
         away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by
         night,” for each advancing step has logically followed
27    the preceding one.
         The great temple is finished! This massive pile of New
         Hampshire granite and Bedford stone, rising to a height
30    of two hundred and twenty-four feet, one foot loftier than
         the Bunker Hill monument, stands a material type of
         Truth’s permanence. In solid foundation, in symmetrical


         Page 46


1      arches, in generous hallways, in commodious foyer and
         broad stairways, in exquisite and expansive auditorium,
3      and in towering, overshadowing dome, the great structure
         stands, silently but eloquently beckoning us on towards
         a higher and more spiritual plane of living, for we know
6      that without this spiritual significance it were but a pass-
         ing dream.
         In the best sense it stands in prophetic verity of the
9      primary declaration of this church in its original organiza-
         tion; namely, “To organize a church designed to com-
         memorate the word and works of our Master, which should
12    reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element
         of healing.” (Church Manual, p. 17.) To rise to the
         demands of this early pronouncement is the work of true
15    Christian Scientists.
         To preach the gospel and heal the sick on the Christ-
         basis is the essential requirement of a reinstated Chris-
18    tianity. Only as we pledge ourselves anew to this demand,
         and then fulfil the pledge in righteous living, are we faith-
         ful, obedient, deserving disciples.
21    On this solemn occasion, and in the presence of this
         assembled host, we do hereby pledge ourselves to a deeper
         consecration, a more sincere and Christly love of God and
24    our brother, and a more implicit obedience to the sacred
         teachings of the Bible and our textbook, as well as to the
         all-inclusive instructions and admonitions of our Church
27    Manual in its spiritual import, that we may indeed reach
         “unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
         and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general
30    assembly and church of the firstborn.”
         WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, Clerk
         BOSTON, MASS., June 12, 1906


         Page 47


1                 Report of the Clerk
         Beloved Brethren of The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
3      in Boston, Mass.: — It seems meet at this time, when
         thousands of Christian Scientists have gathered here
         from all parts of the world, many of whom have not had
6      the means of knowing the steps by which this church has
         reached its present growth, to present in this report a few
         of the stages of its progress, as gleaned from the pages of
9      its history.
         After a work has been established, has grown to great
         magnitude, and people the world over have been touched
12    by its influence for good, it is with joy that those who have
         labored unceasingly for the work look back to the pictur-
         esque, interesting, and epoch-marking stages of its growth,
15    and recall memories of trials, progress, and victories that
         are precious each and all. To-day we look back over the
         years that have passed since the inception of this great
18    Cause, and we cannot help being touched by each land-
         mark of progress that showed a forward effort into the
         well-earned joy that is with us now. For a Cause that
21    has rooted itself in so many distant lands, and inspired so
         many of different races and tongues into the demonstration
         of the knowledge of God, the years that have passed since
24    Mrs. Eddy founded her first church seem but a short
         time. And this little church, God’s word in the wilder-
         ness of dogma and creed, opened an era of Christian
27    worship founded on the commands of Jesus: “Go ye
         into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
         creature. . . . And these signs shall follow them that
30    believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they
         shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up ser-


         Page 48


1      pents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not
         hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they
3      shall recover.”
         Not until nineteen centuries had passed was there one
         ready to receive the inspiration, to restore to human con-
6      sciousness the stone that had been rejected, and which
         Mrs. Eddy made “the head of the corner” of The Church
         of Christ, Scientist.
9      With the reading of her textbook, “Science and
         Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Mrs. Eddy insisted
         that her students make, every day, a prayerful study of
12    the Bible, and obtain the spiritual understanding of its
         promises. Upon this she founded the future growth of
         her church, and twenty-six years later the following
15    splendid appreciation of her efforts appeared in the
         Methodist Review from the pen of the late Frederick
         Lawrence Knowles:—
18    “Mrs. Eddy . . . in her insistence upon the constant
         daily reading of the Bible and her own writings, . . .
         has given to her disciples a means of spiritual development
21    which . . . will certainly build such truth as they do gain
         into the marrow of their characters. The scorn of the
         gross and sensual, and the subordination of merely material
24    to spiritual values, together with the discouragement of
         care and worry, are all forces that make for righteousness.
         And they are burned indelibly upon the mind of the
27    neophyte every day through its reading. The intellects
         of these people are not drugged by scandal, drowned in
         frivolity, or paralyzed by sentimental fiction. . . . They
30    feed the higher nature through the mind, and I am bound
         as an observer of them to say, in all fairness, that the
         result is already manifest in their faces, their conversation,


         Page 49


1      and their bearing, both in public and private. What
         wonder that when these smiling people say, ‘Come thou
3      with us, and we will do thee good,’ the hitherto half-
         persuaded one is wholly drawn over, as by an irresistible
         attraction. The religious body which can direct, and con-
6      trol, in no arbitrary sense, but through sane counsel, the
         reading of its membership, stands a great chance of sweep-
         ing the world within a generation.”
9      The charter of this little church was obtained August
         23, 1879, and in the same month the members extended a
         unanimous invitation to Mrs. Eddy to become its pastor.
12    At a meeting of those who were interested in forming the
         church, Mrs. Eddy was appointed on the committee to
         formulate the rules and by-laws, also the tenets and church
15    covenant. The first business meeting of the church was
         held August 16, 1879, in Charlestown, Mass., for the pur-
         pose of electing officers. August 22 the Clerk, by instruc-
18    tions received at the previous meeting, sent an invitation
         to Mrs. Eddy to become pastor of the church. August 27
         the church held a meeting, with Mrs. Eddy in the chair.
21    An interesting record of this meeting reads: “The minutes
         of the previous meeting were read and approved. Then
         Mrs. Eddy proceeded to instruct those present as to their
24    duties in the Church of Christ, giving some useful hints as
         to the mode of conducting the church.”
         At a meeting held October 19, 1879, it was unanimously
27    voted that “Dr. and Mrs. Eddy merited the thanks of the
         society for their devoted labors in the cause of Truth,”
         and at the annual meeting, December 1 of the same year,
30    it was voted to instruct the Clerk to call Mrs. Eddy
         to the pastorate of the church, and at this meeting Mrs.
         Eddy accepted the call. The first meeting of this little


         Page 50


1      church for deliberation before a Communion Sabbath
         was held at the home of the pastor, Mrs. Eddy, Jan-
3      uary 2, 1880.
         Most of those present had left their former church
         homes, in which they had labored faithfully and ardently,
6      and had united themselves into a little band of prayerful
         workers. As the Pilgrims felt the strangeness of their
         new home, the vast gloom of the mysterious forests, and
9      knew not the trials before them, so this little band of
         pioneers, guided by their dauntless Leader and teacher,
         starting out on their labors against the currents of dogma,
12    creed, sickness, and sin, must have felt a peculiar sense of
         isolation, for their records state, “The tone of this meeting
         for deliberation before Communion Sabbath was rather
15    sorrowful;” but as they turned steadfastly from the mor-
         tal side, and looked towards the spiritual, as the records
         further relate, “yet there was a feeling of trust in the
18    great Father, of Love prevailing over the apparently dis-
         couraging outlook of the Church of Christ.” The Com-
         munion Sunday, however, brought fresh courage to the
21    earnest band, and the records contain these simple but
         suggestive words, — “Sunday, January 4, 1880. The
         church celebrated her Communion Sabbath as a church,
24    and it was a very inspiring season to us all, and two new
         members were added to the church.” This was indeed
         the little church in the wilderness, and few knew of its
27    teachings, but those few saw the grandeur of its work
         and were willing to labor for the Cause.
         The record of May 23, 1880, more than twenty-six years
30    ago, states: “Our pastor, Mrs. Eddy, preached her fare-
         well sermon to the church. The business committee met
         after the services to call a general meeting of the church


         Page 51


1      to devise means to pay our pastor, so as to keep her with
         us, as there is no one in the world who could take her place
3      in teaching us the Science of Life.” May 26 of the same
         year the following resolutions were passed: “That the
         members of the Church of Christ, and all others now in-
6      terested in said church, do most sincerely regret that our
         pastor, Mrs. Eddy, feels it her duty to tender her resigna-
         tion, and while we feel that she has not met with the
9      support that she should have reason to expect, we venture
         to hope she will remain with us. That it would be a
         serious blow to her Cause to have the public services
12    discontinued at a time when there is such an interest
         manifested on the part of the people, and we know of no
         one who is so able as she to lead us to the higher under-
15    standing of Christianity, whereby to heal the sick and
         reform the sinner. It was moved to instruct the Clerk to
         have our pastor remain with us for a few Sundays if not
18    permanently.”
         At a meeting of the church, December 15, 1880, an invi-
         tation was extended to Mrs. Eddy to accept the pastorate
21    for the ensuing year; but, as the records state, “she gave
         no definite answer, believing that it was for the interest
         of the Cause, and her duty, to go into new fields to
24    teach and preach.”
         An interesting record relative to this very early work of
         the church, and its appreciation of Mrs. Eddy’s tireless
27    labors, is that of July 20, 1881, which reads, “That we,
         the members of The Church of Christ, Scientist, tender to
         our beloved pastor, Mrs. Eddy, the heartfelt thanks and
30    gratitude shared by all who have attended the services, in
         appreciation of her earnest endeavors, her arduous labors,
         and successful instructions to heal the sick, and reform


         Page 52


1      the sinner, by metaphysical truth or Christian Science, dur-
         ing the past year. Resolved: That while she had many
3      obstacles to overcome, many mental hardships to endure,
         she has borne them bravely, blessing them that curse her,
         loving them that despitefully use her, thereby giving in
6      her Christian example, as well as her instructions, the
         highest type of womanhood, or the love that heals. And
         while we sincerely acknowledge our indebtedness to her,
9      and to God, for these blessings, we, each and all, will make
         greater efforts more faithfully to sustain her in her work.
         Resolved: That while we realize the rapid growth, and
12    welcome the fact of the spreading world wide of this great
         truth, that Mind, Truth, Life, and Love, as taught and
         expressed by our pastor, does heal the sick, and, when
15    understood, does bring out the perfection of all things, we
         also realize we must use more energy and unselfish labor
         to establish these our Master’s commands and our pastor’s
18    teachings, namely, heal the sick, and preach the gospel,
         and love our neighbor as ourselves.”
         Eighteen years ago, the Rev. James Henry Wiggin, who
21    was not a Christian Scientist, wrote as follows: “What-
         ever is to be Mrs. Eddy’s future reputation, time will
         show. Little cares she, if only through her work Truth
24    may be glorified. More than once, in her earnestness, she
         has reached her bottom dollar, but the interest of the
         world to hear her word has always filled her coffers anew.
27    Within a few months she has made sacrifices from which
         most authors would have shrunk, to insure the moral
         rightness of her book.” This statement “Phare Pleigh”
30    [the nom de plume of the Rev. James Henry Wiggin]
         makes out of his own peculiar knowledge of the circum-
         stances. “Day after day flew by, and weeks lengthened


         Page 53


1      into months; from every quarter came important mis-
         sives of inquiry and mercantile reproach; hundreds of
3      dollars were sunk into a bottomless sea of corrections;
         yet not until the authoress was satisfied that her duty
         was wholly done, would she allow printer and binder to
6      send forth her book to the world.” This book has now
         reached its four hundredth edition, each of one thousand
         copies.
9      On September 8, 1882, it was voted that the church
         hold its meetings of worship in the parlors of Mrs. Eddy’s
         home, 569 Columbus Avenue, Boston. The services were
12    held there until November, 1883, and then in the Haw-
         thorne Rooms, at No. 3 Park Street, the seating capacity
         of which place was about two hundred and twenty-
15    five. At a meeting October 22, 1883, the church voted
         to wait upon Mrs. Eddy, to ascertain if she would
         preach for the society for ten dollars a Sunday, which
18    invitation she accepted. After establishing itself as a
         church in the Hawthorne Rooms, the number of atten-
         dants steadily increased. The pulpit was supplied by
21    Mrs. Eddy, when she could give the time to preach,
         and by her students and by clergymen of different
         denominations, among whom was the Rev. A. J. Pea-
24    body, D.D., of Cambridge, Mass.
         The annual report of the business committee of the
         church, for the year ending December 7, 1885, contains
27    some very interesting statements, among which is this:
         “There was a steadily increasing interest in Christian
         Science among the people, even though the continuity
30    of thought must have been very much broken by having
         so many different ones address them on the subject.
         When our pastor preached for us it was found that the


         Page 54


1      Hawthorne Rooms were inadequate for the occasion,
         hundreds going away who could not obtain entrance;
3      those present enduring the inconvenience that comes
         from crowding, for the sake of the eternal truth she
         taught them.” The Boston Traveler contained the fol-
6      lowing item: “The Church of Christ, Scientist, had their
         meeting Easter Sunday at Hawthorne Rooms, which
         were crowded one hour before the service commenced,
9      and half an hour before the arrival of the pastor, the
         Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, the tide of men and women
         was turned from the door with the information, ‘No
12    more standing-room.’ “
         On February 8, 1885, communion was held at Odd
         Fellows Hall, and there were present about eight hundred
15    people. At this time the Hawthorne Rooms, which had
         been regarded as the church home, were outgrown. Dur-
         ing the summer vacation, different places were considered,
18    but no place suitable could be found that was available,
         and the Sunday services were postponed. There was an
         expectation that some place would be obtained, but the
21    desire for services was so great that the Hawthorne Rooms
         were again secured. A record of this period reads, “It
         should be here stated that from the first of September to
24    our opening, crowds had besieged the doors at the Haw-
         thorne Rooms, Sunday after Sunday.” On October 18,
         1885, the rooms were opened and a large congregation
27    was present. It was then concluded to engage Chickering
         Hall on Tremont Street. In the previous consideration
         of places for meeting it had been decided that this hall
30    was too large, as it seated four hundred and sixty-four.
         The first Sunday service held in Chickering Hall was on
         October 25, 1885. Mrs. Eddy preached at this service


         Page 55


1      and the hall was crowded. This date is memorable as
         the one upon which the Sunday School was formed.
3      Meanwhile it was felt that the church needed a place of
         its own, and efforts were made to obtain by purchase some
         building, or church, in a suitable location. Several places
6      were considered, but were not satisfactory; yet the
         thought of obtaining a church edifice, although given up
         for a time, was not forgotten. In the mean time, not
9      only was the attendance rapidly growing in this church in
         Chickering Hall, but the Cause itself was spreading over
         the land. September 1, 1892, Mrs. Eddy gave the plot of
12    ground on which The Mother Church now stands. On
         the twenty-third day of September, 1892, twelve of the
         members of the church met, and, upon Mrs. Eddy’s
15    counsel, reorganized the church, and named it The First
         Church of Christ, Scientist. This effort of Mrs. Eddy
         was an inspiration to Christian Scientists, and plans were
18    made for a church home.
         In the mean time Sunday services were held in Chicker-
         ing Hall, and continued there until March, 1894, and
21    during the last year the hall was crowded to overflowing.
         In March, however, the church was obliged to seek other
         quarters, as Chickering Hall was to be remodelled. At this
24    time the church removed to Copley Hall on Clarendon
         Street, which had a seating capacity of six hundred and
         twenty-five, and in that place Sunday services were held
27    until The Mother Church edifice was ready for occupancy,
         December 30, 1894. During the months that the con-
         gregation worshipped in Copley Hall there was a steady
30    increase in attendance.
         Twelve years ago the twenty-first of last month, the
         corner-stone of The Mother Church edifice was laid, and


         Page 56


1      at that time it was thought the seating capacity would be
         adequate for years to come. Attendance at the Sunday
3      service gradually increased, until every seat was filled and
         many stood in the aisles, and in consequence two services
         were held, morning and afternoon, the latter a repetition
6      of the morning service. The date of the inauguration of
         two Sunday services was April 26, 1896. It was soon
         evident that even this provision was inadequate to meet
9      the need, and it was found necessary to organize branch
         churches in such suburbs of Boston as would relieve
         the overcrowded condition of The Mother Church; there-
12    fore three branch churches were organized, one in each of
         the following named places: Cambridge, Chelsea, and
         Roxbury.
15    For a while it seemed that there would be ample room
         for growth of attendance in The Mother Church, but not-
         withstanding the relief that the organization of branch
18    churches had given, the number of attendants increased
         faster than ever. From the time that the three foregoing
         named churches were established, the membership and the
21    attendance at them and at The Mother Church steadily
         grew, and more branch churches were established in other
         suburbs, members of which had formerly been attendants
24    at The Mother Church. In the spring of 1905 the over-
         crowded condition of the morning service showed that
         still further provision must be made, as many were obliged
27    to leave the church for the reason that there was not even
         standing-room. Therefore, beginning October 1, 1905,
         three services were held each Sunday, the second and
30    third being repetitions of the first service.
         This continued growth, this continued overcrowding,
         proved the need of a larger edifice. Our communion ser-


         Page 57


1      vices and annual meetings were overcrowded in The
         Mother Church, they were overcrowded in Tremont
3      Temple, in Symphony Hall, and in the Mechanics Build-
         ing, and the need was felt of an auditorium that would
         be of great seating capacity, and one that would have the
6      sacred atmosphere of a church home.
         In Mrs. Eddy’s Message to the church in 1902 she sug-
         gested the need of a larger church edifice, and at the
9      annual meeting of the same year the church voted to
         raise any part of two millions of dollars for the purpose of
         building a suitable edifice. The labor of clearing the land
12    was begun in October, 1903, and the corner-stone was
         laid July 16, 1904.
         The first annual meeting of the church was held in
15    Chickering Hall, October 3, 1893, and the membership
         at that date was 1,545. The membership of this
         church to-day is 40,011. The number of candidates
18    admitted June 5 of this year is the largest in the his-
         tory of the church and numbers 4,889, which is 2,194
         more than the hitherto largest admission, that of June,
21    1903. The total number admitted during the last
         year is 6,181. The total number of branch churches
         advertised in The Christian Science Journal of this
24    June is 682, 614 of which show a membership of
         41,944. The number of societies advertised in the
         Journal is 267.
27    Shortly before the dedication of The Mother Church in
         1895, the Boston Evening Transcript said: “Wonders will
         never cease. Here is a church whose Treasurer has sent
30    out word that no sums except those already subscribed
         can be received. The Christian Scientists have a faith
         of the mustard-seed variety. What a pity some of our


         Page 58


1      practical Christian folk have not a faith approximate to
         that of these impractical Christian Scientists.”
3      The fact that a notice was published in the Christian
         Science Sentinel of last Saturday that no more funds
         are needed to complete the extension of The Mother
6      Church, proves the truth of the axiom, “History re-
         peats itself.” These are the evidences of the magnifi-
         cent growth of this Cause, and are sufficient refutation
9      of the statements that have been made that “Christian
         Science is dying out.”
         The majesty and the dignity of this church edifice not
12    only shows the growth of this Cause, but proclaims the
         trust, the willingness of those who have contributed to
         the erection of these mighty walls.
15    This magnificent structure, this fitting testimonial in
         stone, speaks more than words can picture of the love and
         gratitude of a great multitude that has been healed and
18    purified through the labor and sacrifice of our revered
         Leader and teacher, Mary Baker Eddy, the one through
         whom God has revealed a demonstrable way of salvation.
21    May her example inspire us to follow her in preaching,
         “The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” by healing the
         sick and reforming the sinful, and, as she has done, ver-
24    ifying Jesus’ words, “Lo, I am with you alway.”
         LETTERS AND EDITORIAL
         MRS. MARY BAKER EDDY,
27         Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.
         My Dear Teacher: — Of the many thousands who
         attended the dedicatory services at the Christian Science
30    church last Sunday it is doubtful if there was one so deeply


         Page 59


1      impressed with the grandeur and magnitude of your work
         as was the writer, whom you will recall as a member of
3      your first class in Lynn, Mass., nearly forty years ago.
         When you told us that the truth you expounded was
         the little leaven that should leaven the whole lump, we
6      thought this might be true in some far distant day
         beyond our mortal vision. It was above conception
         that in less than forty years a new system of faith and
9      worship, as well as of healing, should number its adher-
         ents by the hundreds of thousands and its tenets be
         accepted wholly or in part by nearly every religious and
12    scientific body in the civilized world.
         Seated in the gallery of that magnificent temple, which
         has been reared by you, gazing across that sea of heads,
15    listening again to your words explaining the Scriptures,
         my mind was carried back to that first public meeting in
         the little hall on Market Street, Lynn, where you preached
18    to a handful of people that would scarce fill a couple of
         pews in this grand amphitheatre; and as I heard the sono-
         rous tones of the powerful organ and the mighty chorus of
21    five thousand voices, I thought of the little melodeon on
         which my wife played, and of my own feeble attempts
         to lead the singing.
24    In years gone by I have been asked, “Did Mrs. Eddy
         really write Science and Health? Some say she did not.”
         My answer has invariably been, “Send those who say
27    she did not to me. I heard her talk it before it was
         ever written. I read it in manuscript before it was ever
         printed.” Now my testimony is not needed. No human
30    being in this generation has accomplished such a work or
         been so thoroughly endorsed or so completely vindicated.
         It is marvellous beyond all imagining to one who knew of


         Page 60


1      your early struggles. I have been solicited by many of
         your followers to say something about the early history
3      of Christian Science. I have replied that if Mrs. Eddy
         thought it wise to instruct them on the subject she would
         doubtless do so.
6      Possibly you may remember the words of my uncle, the
         good old deacon of the First Congregational Church of
         Lynn, when told that I had studied with you. “My boy,
9      you will be ruined for life; it is the work of the devil.”
         He only expressed the thought of all the Christian (?)
         people at that time. What a change in the Christian
12    world! “The stone which the builders rejected” has
         become the corner-stone of this wonderful temple of
         “wisdom, Truth, and Love.” (Science and Health, p.
15    495.) I have yet the little Bible which you gave me
         as a reward for the best paper on the spiritual sig-
         nificance of the first chapter of Genesis. It has this
18    inscription on the fly-leaf in your handwriting, “With
         all thy getting get understanding.”
         Respectfully and faithfully yours,
21                    S. P. BANCROFT
         CAMBRIDGE, MASS., June 12, 1906
         MRS. MARY BAKER EDDY,
24    Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.          Dear Leader and Guide: — Now that the great event,          the dedication of our new church building, is over, may 27    I ask a little of your time to tell you of the interesting          part I had to perform in this wonderful consummation.          On the twenty-fifth of last March I was asked by one 30    of the Directors if I would care to do a little watching


         Page 61


1      at the church. I gladly answered in the affirmative, and
         have been in the building part of every night since that
3      time. To watch the transformation has been very in-
         teresting indeed, and the lessons I have learned of the
         power of divine Mind to remove human obstructions
6      have been very precious. At first I thought that, since
         it seemed impossible for the building to be completed
         before the end of summer, the communion would likely
9      be postponed until that time. Then came the announce-
         ment that the services would be held in the new exten-
         sion on June 10. I saw at once that somebody had to
12    wake up. I fought hard with the evidence of mortal
         sense for a time; but after a while, in the night, as
         I was climbing over stones and planks and plaster,
15    I raised my eyes, and the conviction that the work
         would be accomplished came to me so clearly, I said
         aloud, “Why, there is no fear; this house will be ready
18    for the service, June 10.” I bowed my head before
         the might of divine Love, and never more did I have
         any doubt.
21    One feature about the work interested me. I noticed
         that as soon as the workmen began to admit that the work
         could be done, everything seemed to move as by magic;
24    the human mind was giving its consent. This taught me
         that I should be willing to let God work. I have often
         stood under the great dome, in the dark stillness of the
27    night, and thought, “What cannot God do?” (Science
         and Health, p. 135.)
         As I discovered the many intricate problems which must
30    necessarily present themselves in such an immense under-
         taking, I appreciated as never before the faithful, earnest
         work of our noble Board of Directors. With unflinching


         Page 62


1      faith and unfailing fidelity they have stood at the breast-
         works in the battle, and won the reward, “Well done,
3      good and faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy
         of thy lord.”
         But what of this magnificent structure ? Whence did it
6      come? To me it is the result of the love that trembled
         in one human heart when it whispered: “Dear God, may
         I not take this precious truth and give it to my brothers
9      and sisters?” How can we ever thank God enough for
         such an one, — ever thank you enough for your unselfed
         love. May the glory which crowns the completion of this
12    structure shed its brightest beams on your pathway, and
         fill your heart with the joy of Love’s victory.
         Your sincere follower,
15                        JAMES J. ROME
         BOSTON, MASS., June 30, 1906
         REV. MARY BAKER EDDY,
18         Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.
         Beloved Leader and Teacher: — We, the Directors of
         your church, send you loving greetings and congratulations
21    upon the completion of the magnificent extension of The
         Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, and we again express
         our thankful appreciation of your wise counsel, timely
21    instruction, and words of encouragement when they were
         so much needed.
         We acknowledge with many thanks the valuable services
27    rendered to this Board by the members of the business
         committee, who were ever ready to assist us in every way
         possible; also the services of other members of the church,
30    who gave freely of their time and efforts when there was
         urgent need of both.


         Page 63


1      We do not forget that it was through you we were en-
         abled to secure the services of Mr. Whitcomb as builder
3      in the early days of the construction of the church, and of
         Mr. Beman in an advisory capacity in the later days; for
         this, and for their valuable services, we are grateful.
6           Lovingly and gratefully your students,
         THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
         By WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, Secretary 9           BOSTON, MASS., July 10, 1906
         [Editorial in Christian Science Sentinel, June 23, 1906]
         Our annual communion and the dedication of the exten-
12    sion of The Mother Church are over, and this happy and
         holy experience has become a part of our expanding con-
         sciousness of Truth, to abide with us and enable us better
15    to work out the purposes of divine Love. It was scarcely
         possible to repress a feeling of exultation as friend met
         friend at every turn with words of rejoicing; and even the
18    greetings and congratulations of those not of our faith
         seemed to say that all the world was in some degree sharing
         in our joy. But within our sacred edifice there came a
21    deeper feeling, a feeling of awe and of reverence beyond
         words, — a new sense of the magnitude of Christian
         Science, this revelation of divinity which has come to the
24    present age. Grandly does our temple symbolize this
         revelation, in its purity, stateliness, and vastness; but
         even more impressive than this was the presence of the
27    thousands who had come, as the Master predicted, “from
         the east, and from the west, and from the north, and
         from the south,” to tell by their presence that they had
30    been healed by Christ, Truth, and had found the kingdom
         of God.


         Page 64


1      As one thought upon the significance of the occasion,
         the achievements of our beloved Leader and her relation
3      to the experiences of the hour took on a larger and truer
         meaning. The glories of the realm of infinite Mind,
         revealed to us through her spiritual attainments and her
6      years of toil, encompassed us, and hearts were thrilled
         with tender gratitude and love for all that she has done.
         If to-day we feel a pardonable pride in being known as
9      Christian Scientists, it is because our Leader has made the
         name an honored one before the world.
         In her dedicatory Message to The Mother Church,
12    Mrs. Eddy says, “The First Commandment of the Hebrew
         Decalogue, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me,’
         and the Golden Rule are the all-in-all of Christian Science.”
15    In all her writings, through all the years of her leadership,
         she has been teaching her followers both by precept and
         example how to obey this commandment and rule, and
18    her success in so doing is what constitutes the high stand-
         ing of Christian Science before the world. Fearlessly does
         she warn all her followers against the indulgence of the
21    sins which would prevent the realization of ideal manhood
         — the reign of the Christ — and now it is ours to address
         ourselves with renewed faith and love to the high and holy
24    task of overcoming all that is unlike God, and thus prove
         our worthiness to be “living stones” in the universal
         temple of Spirit, and worthy members of The Mother
27    Church before men.




Print this page


Share via email