CHAPTER II: The Extension of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist:
annual meeting, showed that a total of $425,893.66 had
been received up to and including May 31, 1904, and that
there was a balance of $226,285.73 on hand on that date,
after paying out the sum of $199,607.93, which included
the purchase price of the land for the site of the new
THE CORNER-STONE LAID
The corner-stone of the new auditorium for The Mother
Church in Boston was laid Saturday, July 16, 1904, at
eight o'clock in the forenoon. In addition to the members
of the Christian Science Board of Directors, who have
the work directly in charge, there were present on this
occasion: Mr. Alfred Farlow, President of The Mother
Church; Prof. Hermann S. Hering, First Reader; Mrs.
Ella E. Williams, Second Reader; Mr. Charles Brigham
and Mr. E. Noyes Whitcomb, respectively the architect
and the builder of the new edifice.
The order of the services, which were conducted by the
First Reader, was as follows: -
Scripture reading, Isaiah 28 : 16, 17, -
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in
Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious
corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall
not make haste.
"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness
to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the
refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding
Also, 1 Peter 2 : 1-6, -
"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:
"If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed
indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable
to God by Jesus Christ.
"Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,
Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:
and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded."
The reading of selections from "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, -
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Page 136, lines 1-5, 9-14
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Page 583, lines 12-19
Page 35, lines 20-25
This was followed by a few moments of silent prayer
and the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer with its
spiritual interpretation, as given in the Christian Science
textbook, after which the following extracts from Mrs.
Eddy's writings were read: -
"Hitherto, I have observed that in proportion as this
church has smiled on His 'little ones,' He has blessed
her. Throughout my entire connection with The Mother
Church, I have seen, that in the ratio of her love for
others, hath His love been bestowed upon her; watering
her waste places, and enlarging her borders.
"One thing I have greatly desired, and again earnestly
request, namely, that Christian Scientists, here and elsewhere,
pray daily for themselves; not verbally, nor on
bended knee, but mentally, meekly, and importunately.
When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother
God for bread, it is not given a stone, - but more grace,
obedience, and love. If this heart, humble and trustful,
faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of
heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness