The New Readers

The long period and the highly satisfactory nature of the service rendered the Mother Church by its Readers, Judge Septimus J. Hanna and Mrs. Eldora O. Gragg, has given them a large and abiding place in the tender affection of all the people. They have been the channel of an inspiring ministry, and the good they have done will flow on forever.

To succeed them is to accept a sacred trust which could not have been committed to more worthy hands than those of Prof. Hermann S. Hering and Mrs. Ella E. Williams. They have been tried and not found wanting; and the peculiar fitness of their selection appears to all. For many years Mrs. Williams has been identified with the work in Chelsea, and her faithfulness and efficiency has given her high rank as a leader and practitioner. Mr. Hering brings to his office the dignity and repose of a liberal culture, and the gentleness and consecration of a great true heart.

Reference is made elsewhere to his history prior to his identification with the Cause of Christian Science. Soon after resigning his position in Johns Hopkins University, he was called to the Second Readership of the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Baltimore, but feeling that the interests of the Cause would be subserved by the union of the First and Second Churches, he ignored all personal considerations, and contributed to the demonstration of this happy result. He has rendered a splendid service as a member of the Publication Committee, and in all his work has disclosed an unselfishness, large mindedness, and availability which give promise of the greatest usefulness to the Cause in the years to come.

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Board of Lectureship
June 26, 1902

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