MUSIC IN CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCHES

In the Manual of The Mother Church our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, states (Art. XIX, Sect. 1), "The music in The Mother Church shall not be operatic, but of an appropriate religious character and of a recognized standard of musical excellence; it shall be played in a dignified and suitable manner." Then follow the time regulations for the voluntary, postlude, and offertory. While each branch church is distinctly democratic, what is done in The Mother Church often serves as a guide to branch churches.

The writer, during several years of most joyous service as a musician in branch Churches of Christ, Scientist, learned to appreciate this By-Law regarding the music in The Mother Church, as well as the other statements of our beloved Leader on the subject of music. A study of the Holy Scriptures with reference to music also proved to be most enlightening.

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