New Readers

This editorial is prompted by the fact that many new Readers are now beginning what is for them a new work. Their office deserves to be held in great respect, for Mrs. Eddy has described it as "important," "responsible," and "sacred" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 243, 250). Having this character, a readership also has the divine protection which always accompanies a sacred service. Whoever accepts the opportunities of this office and does well therein is likely to regard this service as among the happiest and most profitable experiences of his human life.

A provision of the Church Manual (Art. III, Sect. 1), written by Mrs. Eddy, declares the "moral obligations" of all Readers to devote every week enough time for preparation and to keep themselves constantly in the appropriate mental state. These obligations are imperative; they cannot be delegated; there is no substitute for either of them. Readers should be devout, loving, persuasive, unselfed, and spiritually-minded. (See The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 247, 249.) From one of these pages, it is to be observed that Mrs. Eddy has pointed to the purpose of their work in these words: "What our churches need is that devout, unselfed quality of thought which spiritualizes the congregation."

God-given Ability
January 31, 1931

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