In May, 1900, our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, realizing and anticipating the need of her students for quiet periods for prayer and study, wrote to The Christian Science Board of Directors the following directive as described in the Christian Science Sentinel of July 17, 1943: "Once more God thunders in your ears,—'Get a reading room in Boston and locate it in that part of the city where people will be most apt to go into it.' " Shortly thereafter, the Christian Science Reading Room, as it is today, was established. A Reading Room is a requirement for all branch Churches of Christ, Scientist. Each Reading Room is an integral part of its church. It is an appointed place, where the Bible, Mrs. Eddy's writings, and the publications of The Christian Science Publishing Society can be read, borrowed, or purchased.

The great prophet Isaiah said (30:15), "Thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength."

Our Leader, following the example of our Master, Christ Jesus, knew and understood the value of periods of rest for spiritual contemplation, and she frequently went apart to commune with our heavenly Father, to confide all to God. These periods of contemplation of the divine verities of being were followed by a clearer understanding of man's inseparable unity and sonship with God, and often culminated in outstanding works of healing.

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August 6, 1955

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