MUSIC AT A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE LECTURE

The musician who plays the piano or organ preceding a Christian Science lecture has a rare and beautiful opportunity. Many diverse types of mentality are represented in the audience, some already prepared and expectant, others laggard and uncertain; while still others are conscious of an inner need, yet are not sure how to satisfy it. It is possible for the introductory music to provide a quiet atmosphere in which mortal thoughts are stilled and consciousness is made ready to be attentive to the lecture message.

Today humanity seems to be carrying a heavy load of insecurity and consciously or otherwise is seeking assurance that something indestructible and permanent remains. This sense of assurance the Christian Science lecture is prepared to bestow with its healing and redemptive message. If the occasion presents a challenge to the lecturer, it presents it also to the musician who plays the prelude to the lecture, since a prelude, according to a dictionary definition, is "an introductory performance, . . . preparing for the principal or a more important matter." That which prepares the way for something greater and more significant must necessarily resemble it in character.

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