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As to the Order of Church Services

From the February 23, 1899 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


There still seems to be some questioning as to the meaning of the order of service, as set forth in the May Journal of 1896, first page. One question is, as to whether the Church Rule contained in the Manual shall be read by the Branch Churches. We will say, it is our understanding that this rule is to be read only in the Mother Church.

It is also our understanding that the Church Tenets on Communion Day are to be read only in the Mother Church.

In compliance with requests, we herewith republish the order of service to be followed in the branch churches. On ordinary Sundays the following is the order:—

1.Organ voluntary.

2. Anthem by choir.

3. Hymn.

4. Reading Scriptural selection.

5. Silent prayer followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation.

6. Hymn.

7. Announcing any necessary notices.

8. Reading of Lesson-Sermon.

9. Collection and solo.

10. Hymn.

11. Reading Scientific Statement of Being and pronouncing benediction.

The following is the order for Communion Day.

1. Organ voluntary.

2. Anthem by the choir.

3. Hymn.

4. Reading a Scriptural selection.

5. Silent prayer followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation.

6. Hymn.

7. Announcing any necessary notices.

8. Collection and solo.

9. Reading the Lesson-Sermon.

10. Kneeling in silent Communion; concluding with audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer (spiritual interpretation omitted).

11. Hymn.

12. Reading Scientific Statement of Being and pronouncing benediction.

On Wednesday evenings the following is the order:—

1. Organ Prelude.

2. Hymn.

3. Reading from the Bible and correlative passages from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

4. Silent prayer with audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer (spiritual interpretation omitted).

5. Hymn.

6. Experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science.

7. Closing Hymn.

Where there is no choir, organ, or piano, of course, only congregational singing can be had.

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