Christian Science services are held every Sunday afternoon...


Christian Science services are held every Sunday afternoon [in the prison], with the exception of the second Sunday of each month, under the auspices of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. On Sunday afternoon, July 24, an interesting and notable event took place in the prison chapel that should forever remove doubt in the mind of the outside public that the men confined within the dull, gray stone walls of this institution are lacking in sentiments of honor and nobility.

At the conclusion of the regular Christian Science service the Deputy Warden conducted the retiring Reader to the chapel platform and in a brief introductory speech informed our former First Reader why his presence had been so urgently desired. As he concluded his remarks, one of the men stepped forward holding in his hand a beautiful silver, goldlined loving cup, and said: "In behalf of your friends in this institution, it gives me great pleasure to present to you this loving cup. It is their offering to you which signifies the esteem and respect which they have for you. It is also their farewell token which they wish you to take with you. The members here assembled feel that anything they could say to you would fall far short of their real feelings in expressing their deep appreciation of your services while acting as First Reader."

The presentation of a loving cup as token of good will toward the departing First Reader has also a deeper and broader significance. The act puts into concrete form the deep feeling of reverence held by the men who have come to know the joy and happiness that the teachings of Mrs. Eddy have brought into their lives, and such is their way of showing the kindly feelings they nourish in their hearts. . . . It is felt and believed by all that a new era has been inaugurated that cannot fail to benefit everyone concerned.

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"Immortal fruits"*
November 12, 1932

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