Items of Interest

The By-Law, Article III, Section 6, of The Mother Church Manual, entitled, "Readers in Branch Churches," specifies that those who conduct the church services "shall read all notices and remarks that may be printed in the Christian Science Quarterly" (p. 32). The "Note for Students of the Lessons," printed on page 3 of the Christian Science Quarterly, gives directions to Readers and explanation as to the significance of certain designations necessary to the construction of the Lesson-Sermon. A study of these direction makes plain the fact that if a reference from the chapter Recapitulation in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" begins with the word "Question" or the word "Answer" the Reader is to include it unless the Quarterly reference indicates otherwise.

The question arises from time to time whether the words "The Bible" at the head of the Scriptural references in each Lesson-Sermon should be read. In The Mother Church these words are not read, inasmuch as the separate books of the Bible from which citations are taken are announced immediately preceding the reading of each selection. Moreover, before this point in the service is reached, the Explanatory Note has been read, which states, "The Bible and the Christian Science textbook are our only preachers. We shall now read Scriptural texts, and their correlative passages from our denominational textbook; these comprise our sermon" (Christian Science Quarterly).

The words "The Bible" at the head of the column of Scriptural references, and "Science and Health" at the head of the references from that book in each Lesson-Sermon, are required for completeness and for the information of the student. If the groups of references in the Quarterly occupy more than one page these designations are repeated above the columns of references on both pages, but neither is announced.

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August 1, 1931

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