Lord's Prayer and its spiritual interpretation
by Mary Baker Eddy
of the day
Golden Light of Peace
Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is omnipotent,
And Love is reflected in love;
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and
Hallowed be Thy name.
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin,
disease, and death.
Principle - omniaction
Our Father which art in heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread;
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lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
The verses in Christ and Christmas
4. What the Beloved knew and taught,
Through understanding, dearly sought,
With fierce heart-beats;
8. Christ was not crucified--that doom
Was Jesus' part;
For Sharon's rose must bud and bloom
In human heart. [*]
12. For Christian Science brings to view
The great I Am,--
Omniscient power,--gleaming through
Mind, mother, man.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my
works unto the end, to him will I give
power over the nations:
And I will give him the MORNING STAR.
3. The Christ-idea, God anoints--
Of Truth and Life;
The Way in Science He appoints,
That stills all strife.
7. Yet wherefore signalize the birth
Of him ne'er born?
What can rehearse the glorious worth
Of his high morn?
11. The Way, the Truth, the Life--His word--
Are here, and now
Christ's silent healing, heaven heard,
Crowns the pale brow.
15. No blight, no broken wing, no moan,
Truth's fane can dim;
Eternal swells Christ's music-tone,
In heaven's hymn.
2. In tender mercy, Spirit sped
A loyal ray
To rouse the living, wake the dead,
And point the Way--
6. For heaven's Christus, earthly Eves,
By Adam bid,
Make merriment on Christmas eves,
O'er babe and crib.
10. Thus olden faith's pale star now blends
In seven-hued white!
Life, without birth and without end,
14. To-day, as oft, away from sin
Christ summons thee!
Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in!
No mass for Me!
1. Fast circling on, from zone to zone,--
Bright, blest, afar,--
O'er the grim night of chaos shone
One lone, brave star.
5. Thus Christ, eternal and divine,
As Truth demands,--this living Vine
9. Forever present, bounteous, free,
Christ comes in gloom;
And aye, with grace towards you and me,
For health makes room.
13. As in blest Palestina's hour,
So in our age,
'T is the same hand unfolds His power,
And writes the page.
[*] "God was manifest in the flesh." -- St. Paul.
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*1 The cardinal
points or levels of perception. Mary Baker Eddy presented 4 cardinal points for
the 'city foursquare' (The city of our God.) She writes: "This spiritual,
holy habitation has no boundary nor limit, but its four cardinal points
are: (S&H 574-7)
Word of Life, Truth, and Love;
Christ, the spiritual idea of
third, Christianity, which is the outcome of the
divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history;
fourth, Christian Science, which to-day and forever
interprets this great example and the great Exemplar.
Mary Baker Eddy also
listed two sets of four terms that identify four levels of perception,
Kingdom of Heaven, Morning
She also describes
four levels of, good, in the glossary definition for the term Good:
she 'translates' the four levels in terms of immortal, divine Mind (the
lateral reality), and
mortal mind (vertical
TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL
Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind. (Divine synonyms)
God's spiritual idea, individual, perfect, eternal. (Divine image)
An image in Mind; the immediate object of understanding. (Divine reflection)
TRANSLATION OF MORTAL
First Degree: Depravity.
Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will,
self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness,
disease, death. (Unreality)
Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing.
Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.
Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health,
Spiritual universe 116
the third degree mortal mind disappears,
and man as God's image appears. Science so reverses the evidence before the
corporeal human senses, as to make this Scriptural testimony true in our
hearts, "The last shall be first, and the first last," so that God
and His idea may be to us what divinity really is and must of necessity be,
*2 The characteristic
of the development streams is described in a similar manner as four main points.
She used the names of the four rivers in Genesis 2 and defined them, not in
their biblical context, but in the context of four flows of scientific and
spiritual development. And since these rivers are out-flowing, to metaphorically
water the world, she also defined the sides and gates of the city through which
they are flowing. The four rivers are (in their biblical sequence):
(river). The love of the good and beautiful,
and their immortality.
(river). The rights of woman acknowledged
morally, civilly, and socially.
(river). Divine Science understood and
(river). Divine Science encompassing the
universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come;
metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness. The
atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of
mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of
She describes the
sides to which the rivers pertain saying: "The four sides of our city are the
Word, Christ, Christianity,
divine Science." She adds, "This city is wholly spiritual,
as its four sides indicate." And she adds further, "It is indeed a
city of the Spirit, fair, royal, and square.
its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of
eastward, to the star seen by the Wisemen of the
Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus;
southward, to the genial tropics, with the Southern
Cross in the skies, - the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into
westward, to the grand realization of the Golden
Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.
Note: The north,
east, south, west sequence that she presents here reflects the progression of
the sun across the sky, from the early dawn to the sunset.
She also describes God
with four special qualities that can be applied to the four columns respectively
as an aid to focus our attention in these four development streams. She writes,
incorporeal; divine; supreme; infinite.
for the contemplation
from Sergey Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
of the standard presentation
Christ and Christmas
and Christmas is an illustrated poem authored by Mary Baker Eddy with
illustrations produced by the artist James F. Gilman, published in
- 1893 and 1897.
There are 16 scenes
and verses in Mary Baker Eddy's illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas.
These can be seen to correspond with the 16 elements that exist in a
foursquare structure, such as the biblical city foursquare that is
described in Revelation 21, and which has been further described by Mary
Baker Eddy in her textbook on Christian Science in the last pages of the
last chapter (The Apocalypse).
The 16 elements
The textbook likewise has 16 chapters. In the scientific context these
comprise one single structure. With the textbook chapters being arranged
in a progressive sequence, and likewise with the scenes in Christ and
Christmas being so arranged, they have both been applied in a progressive
sequence here, beginning with the representation at the lowest element of
the first column, progressing upwards, and onwards column by column.
In like manner are
the 16 stanzas of the Lord's Prayer with Mary Baker Eddy provided in the
form in 16 progressing steps, and the Church Manual by Mary Baker Eddy in
16 progressively developing elements. Both references have been added in
this presentation in their respective positions.
Some of the illustrative
paintings in Christ and Christmas contain two distinct scenes and have two
verses associated with them, which are labeled here "part 1"
(typically pertaining to the left half) and "part 2" (pertaining
to the right-side scene) - except for the painting Christian Unity, which
is circular and indivisible, so that both parts pertain to each verse and
element position that the verse applies to.
Mary Baker Eddy
described four levels for the entire structure in two different contexts.
In the chapter The Apocalypse she describes the city's four "cardinal
points" (main points) as the Word, Christ, Christianity, and
Christian Science. She also describes four levels in reference to Mind
(translation of divine Mind and mortal mind - p.115). Both sets of
descriptions have been applied here.
Mary Baker Eddy
also describes the 'city' in terms of four sides in terms of the Word,
Christ, Christianity, and divine Science, which she further associates
with four celestial orientations, north, east, south, and west, sequenced
in the direction in which the sun appears in the sky during the course of
the day. Both descriptions have been applied here.
Mary Baker Eddy
also appears to have dealt with the structure in terms of halves as she
presented in visual metaphor. The old
woman in the painting Christmas Eve (in part 2) has a tablet resting in her lap. The
tablet shows a structure that is divided vertically into a right and left
The first half
appears to reflect Mary Baker Eddy's experience as the discoverer and
founder of Christian Science. It begins with a light shining in darkness
and Mary Baker Eddy's own momentous rising from what would have been her
death bed, had not the Christ idea enabled her to rise from it to new
health and with a new power in life that changed the world with a flood of
healing. Many were astonished by the unfolding healing power, even while
she was determined to discover the science of it and write a book that
would lay it bare before the world, which became the Christian Science
textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. With this book
she challenged age-old traditions and axioms, and the dogmas of theology,
medicine, even the small concepts of science itself, which had excluded science
from spiritual matters. However, rather than being excluded, spiritual
science, in the form of Christian Science, became the light that was
reflected in countless forms and uplifted society.
The second half
begins with a different awakening, reflecting the awakening of society to
the spiritual idea that Christian Science has placed before the world. I,
for myself, find it useful to associated the first half with the concept
of Temple, a place where one is alone with God, discovering God,
celebrating God. In this context I recognize the second half to reflect
the function of Church that is universal and enriches and uplifts the
whole of mankind.
The final verse in
Christ and Christmas is attributed by Mary Baker Eddy to Christ Jesus. It
speaks of the MORNING STAR. The scene for this star is on the cover of
Christ and Christmas, surrounded by 56 rays of light radiating from it.
The 56 rays have a natural basis in
high-power plasma physics, however, they were also recognized to exist
long before the existence of plasma in physics was known, possibly by keen
observations of celestial phenomena.
The kindness of pianists Serg
Van Gennip and Jonathan Oshry
in making samples of their music freely available to the public for its
cultural development is gratefully acknowledged.