The Mother Church

IN Boston, Massachusetts, there stands The Mother Church, "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, our prayer in stone," which, its Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, said, "will be the prophecy fulfilled, the monument upreared, of Christian Science" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 141). In the comparatively few years since its organization, a great multitude has arisen to testify that The Mother Church fulfills Jesus' promise of a church so firmly founded on recognition of the Christ-power that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

The Mother Church is motherly because it stands for the full revelation in Christian Science of the tender, mighty, unopposed Love that is God. It makes known to humanity the ways of primitive Christianity, the simplicity of soulful living, the rewards of right thinking. Its establishment landmarks for men, women, and children of all nations the inspiring Christliness through which was revealed to a woman's waiting thought the ageless Principle of being. And it speaks of the selfless loyalty to that revelation which impelled her to give to all mankind a church which should proclaim and prove salvation, according to Christian Science.

Membership in The Mother Church is the privilege of all who, in due course, would identify themselves with the Christian Science movement, and help to further the scientific revelation of Spirit's supremacy. As a means, rather than an end, such membership supports individual endeavor by reason of the effectiveness of rightly motivated collective effort in church organizations. Membership requires a purpose to live according to Principle, the intention to be a practical Christian Scientist, and faithful adherence to holy vision. Simple demands are made upon the applicant for membership, because the requirements of Christian Science are simple; but these simple requirements are the very necessities of healthful and righteous living. The Christian Scientist's duty to himself and to the world is set forth in the Manual of The Mother Church with indispensable helpfulness.

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