THE READER'S RESPONSIBILITY

It is a joyous privilege to serve as a Reader in a branch Church of Christ, Scientist. To the casual observer it may seem a comparatively simple thing to stand at a desk and read aloud certain prescribed passages. Yes, it is simple, but it is the hard-won simplicity of godliness—of victory over self—which enables a Reader to fulfill his duties with freedom and joy.

A newly elected Reader will find clear instruction in Article III, Section 1, of the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy. "Moral Obligations" is the title of this section, which reads as follows: "The Readers of The Mother Church and of all its branch churches must devote a suitable portion of their time to preparation for the reading of the Sunday lesson, —a lesson on which the prosperity of Christian Science largely depends. They must keep themselves unspotted from the world,—uncontaminated with evil,—that the mental atmosphere they exhale shall promote health and holiness, even that spiritual animus so universally needed."

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