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“Present Order of Services”

"Order of Services," (Church Manual 120-121), was originally published in the Christian Science periodicals. In August 1889 Mary Baker Eddy introduced a notice in The Christian Science Journal that, for the first time, mentioned the order of services.Mary B. G....

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Mary Baker Eddy and John Greenleaf Whittier

Eddy was a lifelong admirer of the work of Whittier (1807-1892). An avid scrapbooker, she clipped his poems out of literary magazines, and later quoted his words in her own published writings. The archives also contain an unpublished poem she wrote sometime before...

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What are the “blue book” and the “red book”?

These two books are compilations of material initially published by Gilbert Carpenter and his son, Gilbert Carpenter, Jr. in the late 1930s. The elder Carpenter served as a secretary from April 1905 to April 1906 in Mary Baker Eddy’s household. Over the years the...

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The “Great Litigation”

The litigation consisted of two lawsuits: Eustace vs. Dickey, and Dittemore vs. Dickey. The first lawsuit was between the Trustees of The Christian Science Publishing Society and the Christian Science Board of Directors; the second was between John V. Dittemore, a...

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Christian Science Reading Rooms 1887–1910

(Updated January 2019)The beginnings of Christian Science Reading Rooms can be dated to January 1887. According to a later article in The Christian Science Journal, in that month the “Free Dispensary of Christian Science Healing” opened in Boston, possibly...

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