The Lectures

New York, N. Y. (Fifth Church).—Introducing Judge Frederick C. Hill, a Christian Science lecturer, to his audience, Francis T. Dodge said in part:—

Our revered Leader, Mrs. Eddy, commences one of her poems with the following inspired words: "O gentle presence, peace and joy and power" (Poems, p. 4). These few words epitomize to my mind much of what Christian Science stands for, because it brings to troubled mankind that blessed peace which passes human understanding. It brings the joy which dispels our sorrows, much as the rising sun dissipates the early morning mist. It carries within itself that irresistible power which says to sin and disease, "Get thee behind me, Satan." Eventually, Christian Science must sweep away all that is evil, all that is unlike God, good. And yet, despite its might, it is a thing so simple, a thing so sweet and so pure that a little child will grasp its essence and heal by its means, while the learned scholar and theologian may pass it by, oblivious of its very existence.

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June 2, 1923

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