Pulpit and Press, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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aily Inter-Ocean, Chicago, December 31, 1894]

   Completion of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston
- "Our Prayer in Stone" - Description of the Most
Unique Structure in Any City - A Beautiful Temple
and Its Furnishings - Mrs. Eddy's Work and Her

   Boston, Mass., December 28. - Special Correspondence.
- The "great awakening" of the time of Jonathan
Edwards has been paralleled during the last decade by a
wave of idealism that has swept over the country, manifesting
itself under several different aspects and under
various names, but each having the common identity of
spiritual demand.  This movement, under the guise of
Christian Science, and ingenuously calling out a closer
inquiry into Oriental philosophy, prefigures itself to us
as one of the most potent factors in the social evolution
of the last quarter of the nineteenth century.  History
shows the curious fact that the closing years of every century
are years of more intense life, manifested in unrest
or in aspiration, and scholars of special research, like
Prof. Max Muller, assert that the end of a cycle, as is the
latter part of the present century, is marked by peculiar
intimations of man's immortal life.

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   The completion of the first Christian Science church
erected in Boston strikes a keynote of definite attention.
This church is in the fashionable Back Bay, between
Commonwealth and Huntington Avenues.  It is one of
the most beautiful, and is certainly the most unique structure
in any city.  The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
as it is officially called, is termed by its Founder, "Our
prayer in stone."  It is located at the intersection of Norway
and Falmouth Streets, on a triangular plot of ground,
the design a Romanesque tower with a circular front and
an octagonal form, accented by stone porticos and turreted
corners.  On the front is a marble tablet, with the following
inscription carved in bold relief: -
   "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, erected Anno
Domini 1894.  A testimonial to our beloved teacher,
the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder
of Christian Science; author of "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures;" president of the Massachusetts
Metaphysical College, and the first pastor of
this denomination."

The Church Edifice

   The church is built of Concord granite in light gray,
with trimmings of the pink granite of New Hampshire,
Mrs. Eddy's native State.  The architecture is Romanesque
throughout.  The tower is one hundred and twenty feet in
height and twenty-one and one half feet square.  The entrances
are of marble, with doors of antique oak richly
carved.  The windows of stained glass are very rich in

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pictorial effect.  The lighting and cooling of the church -
for cooling is a recognized feature as well as heating -
are done by electricity, and the heat generated by two
large boilers in the basement is distributed by the four
systems with motor electric power.  The partitions are
of iron; the floors of marble in mosaic work, and the
edifice is therefore as literally fire-proof as is conceivable.
The principal features are the auditorium, seating eleven
hundred people and capable of holding fifteen hundred;
the "Mother's Room," designed for the exclusive use of
Mrs. Eddy; the "directors' room," and the vestry.  The
girders are all of iron, the roof is of terra cotta tiles, the
galleries are in plaster relief, the window frames are of
iron, coated with plaster; the staircases are of iron, with

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