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

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   Boston Herald, January 7, 1895


   Novel Method of Enabling Six Thousand Believers to
   Attend the Exercises - The Service Repeated Four
   Times - Sermon by Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of
   the Denomination - Beautiful Room Which the Children

   With simple ceremonies, four times repeated, in the
presence of four different congregations, aggregating
nearly six thousand persons, the unique and costly edifice
erected in Boston at Norway and Falmouth Streets as a
home for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and a
testimonial to the Discoverer and Founder of Christian
Science, Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, was yesterday dedicated
to the worship of God.

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   The structure came forth from the hands of the artisans
with every stone paid for - with an appeal, not for more
money, but for a cessation of the tide of contributions
which continued to flow in after the full amount needed
was received.  From every State in the Union, and from
many lands, the love-offerings of the disciples of Christian
Science came to help erect this beautiful structure, and
more than four thousand of these contributors came to
Boston, from the far-off Pacific coast and the Gulf States
and all the territory that lies between, to view the newbuilt
temple and to listen to the Message sent them by
the teacher they revere.
   From all New England the members of the denomination
gathered; New York sent its hundreds, and even
from the distant States came parties of forty and fifty.
The large auditorium, with its capacity for holding from
fourteen hundred to fifteen hundred persons, was hopelessly
incapable of receiving this vast throng, to say nothing of
nearly a thousand local believers.  Hence the service was
repeated until all who wished had heard and seen; and
each of the four vast congregations filled the church to
   At 7:30 a.m. the chimes in the great stone tower, which
rises one hundred and twenty-six feet above the earth,
rung out their message of "On earth peace, good will
toward men."
   Old familiar hymns - "All hail the power of Jesus'
name," and others such - were chimed until the hour for
the dedication service had come.
   At 9 a.m. the first congregation gathered.  Before this

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service had closed the large vestry room and the spacious
lobbies and the sidewalks around the church were all
filled with a waiting multitude.  At 10:30 o'clock another
service began, and at noon still another.  Then there was
an intermission, and at 3 p.m. the service was repeated
for the last time.
   There was scarcely even a minor variation in the exercises
at any one of these services.  At 10:30 a.m., however,
the scene was rendered particularly interesting by
the presence of several hundred children in the central
pews.  These were the little contributors to the building
fund, whose money was devoted to the "Mother's Room,"
a superb apartment intended for the sole use of Mrs. Eddy.
These children are known in the church as the "Busy
Bees," and each of them wore a white satin badge with a
golden beehive stamped upon it, and beneath the beehive
the words, "Mother's Room," in gilt letters.
   The pulpit end of the auditorium was rich with the
adornment of flowers.  On the wall of the choir gallery
above the platform, where the organ is to be hereafter
placed, a huge seven-pointed star was hung - a star of

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