The Lord's Supper

In the commemoration by the Christian churches of what has been denominated as "the Lord's supper," there has been among the more spiritually minded a deep desire thereby to honor the Christ and to bring themselves into a fuller unity with the teachings and acts of Christ Jesus. The outcome of such practice has not always brought the inspiration longed for, and men have gone away from what they have called "the Lord's table" still hungry for deeper spirituality and for the understanding of how to walk more closely in the Master's footsteps.

While the usual forms of worship in the Christian churches undoubtedly have had back of their institution the ever desirable purpose to reach out Spiritward, so much of materiality has sometimes entered into their observance that men have often seemed to lose the spirit in the letter—the substance in the shadow, the real comeliness in the outward form. The devout prayers and purposes of Christians ever since Jesus' life on earth have, however, been answered in the revelation of Christian Science, which brings to light the meaning of every symbol, the spiritual interpretation of all things, so that all may understand and put into practice the letter of Christ's Christianity until they have gained its complete spirit.

In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 170) Mrs. Eddy tells us that "the eating of bread and drinking of wine at the Lord's supper, merely symbolize the spiritual refreshment of God's children having rightly read His Word, whose entrance into their understanding is healthful life. This is the reality behind the symbol." And in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 35), in referring to Jesus' breakfast with the disciples on the morning after his resurrection, she writes, "This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate."

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July 2, 1927

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