(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER IX: Letters to Branch Churches
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CHAPTER IX: Letters to Branch Churches




FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
PHILADELPHIA, PA.

   My Beloved Students and Brethren: - I rejoice
with thee.  Blessed art thou.  In place of darkness,
light hath sprung up.  The reward of thy hands
is given thee to-day.  May God say this of the church
in Philadelphia:  I have naught against thee.


FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
WASHINGTON, D. C.

   Beloved Brethren: - The Board of Directors and
Trustees of this church will please accept my grateful
acknowledgment of the receipt of their Christian canon
pertaining to the hour.  The joint resolutions contained
therein show explicitly the attitude of this church in our
capital towards me and towards the Cause of Christian
Science, so dear to our hearts and to all loyal lovers of
God and man.
   This year, standing on the verge of the twentieth century,
has sounded the tocsin of a higher hope, of strengthened
hands, of unveiled hearts, of fourfold unity between
the churches of our denomination in this and in other

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lands.  Religious liberty and individual rights under the
Constitution of our nation are rapidly advancing, avowing
and consolidating the genius of Christian Science.
   Heaven be praised for the signs of the times.  Let "the
heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing;" our
trust is in the Almighty God, who ruleth in heaven and
upon earth, and none can stay His hand or say, "What
doest thou?"


FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
LONDON, ENGLAND

   My Beloved Brethren: - The chain of Christian unity,
unbroken, stretches across the sea and rises upward to the
realms of incorporeal Life - even to the glorious beatitudes
of divine Love.  Striving to be good, to do good, and
to love our neighbor as ourself, man's soul is safe; man
emerges from mortality and receives his rights inalienable
- the love of God and man.  What holds us to the Christian
life is the seven-fold shield of honesty, purity, and
unselfed love.  I need not say this to you, for you know
the way in Christian Science.
   Pale, sinful sense, at work to lift itself on crumbling
thrones of justice by pulling down its benefactors,
will tumble from this scheme into the bottomless
abyss of self-damnation, there to relinquish its league
with evil.  Wide yawns the gap between this course
and Christian Science.
   God spare this plunge, lessen its depths, save sinners
and fit their being to recover its connection with
its divine Principle, Love.  For this I shall continue to
pray.

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   God is blessing you, my beloved students and
brethren.  Press on towards the high calling whereunto
divine Love has called us and is fast fulfilling the
promises.
   Satan is unchained only for a season, as the Revelator
foresaw, and love and good will to man, sweeter than a
sceptre, are enthroned now and forever.


FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,
NEW YORK, N. Y.

   My Beloved Brethren: - Your Soul-full words and song
repeat my legacies in blossom.  Such elements of friendship,
faith, and hope repossess us of heaven.  I thank
you out of a full heart.  Even the crown of thorns, which
mocked the bleeding brow of our blessed Lord, was overcrowned
with a diadem of duties done.  So let us meekly
meet, mercifully forgive, wisely ponder, and lovingly
scan the convulsions of mortal mind, that its sudden

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