(PART 1) - The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER II: The Extension of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist:
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medicine and theology.



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hristian Science Sentinel, June 16, 1906.  Reprinted from
Boston Herald]

COMMUNION SERVICE AND DEDICATION

   Five thousand people kneeling in silent communion;
a stillness profound; and then, rising in unison from the
vast congregation, the words of the Lord's Prayer!  Such
was the closing incident of the dedicatory services of the
extension of The Mother Church, The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, at the corner of Falmouth and Norway
Streets, yesterday morning.  And such was the scene
repeated six times during the day.
   It was a sight which no one who saw it will ever be able
to forget.  Many more gorgeous church pageantries have
been seen in this country and in an older civilization;
there have been church ceremonies that appealed more
to the eye, but the impressiveness of this lay in its very
simplicity; its grandeur sprang from the complete
unanimity of thought and of purpose.  There was something
emanating from the thousands who worshipped
under the dome of the great edifice whose formal opening
they had gathered to observe, that appealed to and
fired the imagination.  A comparatively new religion
launching upon a new era, assuming an altogether different
status before the world!
   Even the sun smiled kindly upon the dedication of the
extension of The Mother Church.  With a cooling breeze
to temper the heat, the thousands who began to congregate
about the church as early as half past five in the morning
were able to wait patiently for the opening of the doors
without suffering the inconveniences of an oppressive day.
From that time, until the close of the evening service,

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Falmouth and Norway Streets held large crowds of people,
either coming from a service or awaiting admission to
one.  As all the services were precisely the same in every
respect, nobody attended more than one, so that there
were well over thirty thousand people who witnessed
the opening.  Not only did these include Scientists from
all over the world, and nearly all the local Scientists,
but many hundreds of other faiths, drawn to the church
from curiosity, and from sympathy, too.
   It spoke much for the devotion of the members to their
faith, the character of the attendance.  In those huge
congregations were business men come from far distant
points at personal sacrifices of no mean order; professional
men, devoted women members, visitors from
Australia, from India, from England, from Germany,
from Switzerland, from South Africa, from Hawaii, from
the coast States.
   They gave generously of their means in gratitude for the
epoch-making event.  The six collections were large, and
when the plates were returned after having been through
the congregations, they were heaped high with bills, with
silver, and with gold.  Some of these contributions were
one-hundred-dollar bills.  Without ostentation and quite
voluntarily the Scientists gave a sum surpassing some of
the record collections secured by evangelists for the work
of Christianity.
   Though the church was filled for the service at half
past seven, and hundreds had to be turned away, by far
the largest crowd of the day applied for admission at the
ten o'clock service, and it was representative of the entire
body of the Christian Science church.
   Before half past seven the chimes of the new church

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began to play, first the "Communion Hymn," succeeded
by the following hymns throughout the day: "The
morning light is breaking;" "Shepherd, show me how
to go;" "Just as I am, without one plea;" "I need
Thee every hour;" "Blest Christmas morn;" "Abide

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