Our Gratitude in Stone

In The Christian Science Monitor of April 17, 1931, appeared an announcement under the heading, "New Home of Christian Science Publications to rise in Boston." In explanation of this forward step the news account stated: "Continued growth of the activities of The Christian Science Publishing Society has necessitated expanded facilities. To meet this condition The Christian Science Board of Directors of The Mother Church, The Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass., will erect, as soon as plans and arrangements are completed, a new Publishing House." This announcement was greeted with joy and thanksgiving by Christian Scientists the world over. They welcomed the privilege and opportunity to express their gratitude by building an enduring structure of stone.

The same God who made known to Moses the moral law, as given in the Ten Commandments, who led Christ Jesus to give us the Sermon on the Mount, the essence of the Master's teachings, also guided Mary Baker Eddy to give us the By-Laws of the Church Manual, the governing law of the Church of Christ, Scientist. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 148) Mrs.Eddy clearly states the motive which impelled her to provide these By-Laws for the guidance of her church and of Christian Scientists throughout the world.

The erecting of the new home of the Publishing Society, our gratitude in stone, was actuated by the consecrated desire of the Board of Directors obediently to carry forward the provisions set forth in Article I, Section 7, of the Manual regarding "Publishing Buildings": "It shall be the duty of the Christian Science Board of Directors," states this By-Law, "to provide a suitable building for the publication of The Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel, Der Herold der Christian Science, and all other Christian Science literature published by The Christian Science Publishing Society;" and, "It shall also be the duty of the Christian Science Board of Directors to provide suitable rooms, conveniently and pleasantly located in the same buildings, for the publication and sale of the books of which Mary Baker Eddy is, or may be, the author, and of other literature connected therewith."

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The Omniaction of Mind
June 1, 1935

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