WHY WE BOW BEFORE CHRIST

THIS WEEK'S Christian Science Bible Lesson titled "Sacrament" urges going beyond the traditional concept of the sacraments as physical acts of worship—as outward signs of an inward grace—to a more spiritual worship and its cleansing effect in our lives.

Although sacraments are observed in a variety of ways in Christian churces, the word sacrament doesn't appear in the Bible. In this Lesson's Section III, Science and Health explains the term's origin: "In ancient Rome a soldier was required to swear allegiance to his general. The Latin word for this oath was sacramentum, and our English word sacrament is derived from it" (p. 32, citation 12).

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