The Cup

In the Lesson-Sermons in the Christian Science Quarterly, prepared to be studied by each student of Christian Science, there appears, twice each year, a lesson on the subject of "Sacrament"; and at the communion service in the branch churches, as provided for in the Church Manual, as well as in The Mother Church, it is enjoyed.

At the approach of each communion season students of Christian Science may survey with gratitude the provision of our Leader for this service, which should uplift, consecrate, and inspire all who truly partake of the truth it presents. Our communion service is celebrated without material symbols; and a right understanding of its significance, actively loved and lived, heals of sorrow, sin, and suffering. As Christian Scientists we do not celebrate the sorrow of the night of the crucifixion in this sacramental service, but demonstrate the morning joy of life eternal.

The lessons provided in our Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons on the subject of "Sacrament" are full of inspiration to the student, elucidating the subject with clearness, taking up the various relevant points, and answering the questions that may occur to thinkers. For instance, this lesson contains helpful references from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, regarding the cup which Jesus gave his disciples at the time of their last assembling together before the crucifixion. This cup had a special significance, and a material cup has in consequence usually been given a prominent place wherever the service called the communion of our Lord has been celebrated. The cup has thus been a religious symbol; and singularly beautiful symbol it has sometimes been, often being wrought of precious metals and engraved with the studied workmanship of expert goldsmiths.

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God's Perfect Child
January 12, 1929

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