As we approach the semiannual communion service in the Christian Science branch churches, we may well consider the deep meaning of sacrament, and be grateful for that higher understanding of Truth which is received through the study of Christian Science, and which enables us to drop the material symbols so long associated with this observance.

A Christian Scientist recalled his childhood experience of attending, with his parents, the communion service. He also recalled how his parents, gaining in understanding, later joined the Christian Science church, and were willing thereafter to leave the material emblems for the spiritual communion. Many others, turning to Christian Science, as did those devout church members, have interpreted a line from the much-loved hymn by Horatius Bonar, "And as we rise, the symbols disappear," perhaps in a larger sense than the author intended. As we rise into the realm of holy communion with God, outward memorials are left behind.

The Divine Way
January 11, 1936

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