Applying the First Lessons

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Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, provided wisely, permanently, and well for the spiritual education of the children when she included Article XX, captioned "Sunday School," in the Manual of The Mother Church.

The Sunday School teacher is always impressed by the ease and naturalness with which the young pupils grasp the spirit of the Word in their early lessons. They not only begin promptly to learn the Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Beatitudes, but they are also quick to perceive and understand their spiritual import. The proof of this lies in the simplicity and constancy with which they apply the truths found therein.

As the child progresses in the Sunday School, he becomes more intimately acquainted with God. Through the Ten Commandments, he learns to love and understand God and to love his neighbor. The pupil quickly sees that he and his playmates are neighbors, one to the other, and, therefore, are one in the Love which is God. Through the Lord's Prayer, together with its spiritual interpretation by Mrs. Eddy (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 16, 17), the pupil learns to understand the fatherhood and motherhood of God.

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