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The Manual of the Mother Church
Mary Baker Eddy


Table of Contents 

Title pages
15 TENETS 
17 HISTORICAL SKETCH 
20 LIST OF CHURCH OFFICERS 

1. CHURCH OFFICERS 

NAMES, ELECTION, AND DUTIES. ART. I 

 
@ MAN 25:
25 Names 
25 President 
25 Clerk and Treasurer
26 Readers 
26 Directors 

 @
MAN 27:
27 Church Business 
27 Publishing Buildings 
27 Trusteeships and Syndicates

 @
MAN 28: 
28 Duties of Church Officers 

READERS OF THE MOTHER CHURCH. ART. II 

 
@ MAN 29:
29 Election
 
@ MAN 30:
30 Eligibility 
30 Removal 
30 First Reader's Residence 

DUTIES OF READERS OF THE MOTHER CHURCH 
AND OF ITS BRANCH CHURCHES. ART. III 

 
@ MAN 31:
31 Moral Obligations 
31 First Readers' Duties 
31 Suitable Selections
 
@ MAN 32:
32 Order of Reading 
32 Naming Book and Author 
32 Readers in Branch Churches 
32 Enforcement of By-Laws
 
@ MAN 33: 
33 A Reader not a Leader 

2. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP. ART. IV 

 
@ MAN 34:
34 Believe in Christian Science 
34 Free from Other Denominations
 
@ MAN 35:
35 Children when Twelve Years Old 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP. ART. V 

35 Students of the College 
35 Other Students

 @
MAN 36: 
36 Students' Pupils 
36 Exceptional Cases

36 Addressed to Clerk
 
@ MAN 37:  
37 Endorsing Applications 
37 Notice of Rejection 

RECOMMENDATION AND ELECTION. ART. VI 

37 Pupils of Normal Students 
37 Members of The Mother Church
 
@ MAN 38: 
38 Election 

PROBATIONARY MEMBERSHIP. ART. VII 

38 Members who once Withdrew
 
@ MAN 39: 
39 Members once Dismissed 
39 Ineligible for Probation 

3. DISCIPLINE 


GUIDANCE OF MEMBERS. ART. VIII 

 
@ MAN 40:
40 A Rule for Motives and Acts 
40 To be Read in Church 

 @
MAN 41:
41 Christ Jesus the Ensample 
41 Daily Prayer 

 @
MAN 42:
42 Prayer in Church 
42 Alertness to Duty 
42 One Christ 
42 No Malpractice

 @
MAN 43: 
43 Formulas Forbidden 
43 No Adulterating Christian Science 
43 No Incorrect Literature
 
@ MAN 44: 
44 Obnoxious Books 
44 Per Capita Tax 
44 Church Periodicals 
44 Church Organizations Ample
 
@ MAN 45: 
45 Joining Another Society 
45 Forbidden Membership 
45 Officious Members 
45 Legal Titles

 @
MAN 46:
46 Illegal Adoption 
46 Use of Initials "C.S." 
46 Practitioners and Patients
 
@ MAN 47: 
47 Duty to Patients 
47 Testimonials 
47 Charity to All
 
@ MAN 48: 
48 Uncharitable Publications 
48 The Golden Rule 
48 Numbering the People 
48 Our Church Edifices
 
@ MAN 49: 
49 No Monopoly 
49 Christian Science Nurse 

MARRIAGE AND DECEASE. ART. IX 

49 A Legal Ceremony 
49 Sudden Decease 

DEBATING IN PUBLIC. ART. X 

 
@ MAN 50:
50 No Unauthorized Debating 

COMPLAINTS. ART. XI 

50 Departure from Tenets 
50 Violation of By-Laws
 
@ MAN 51: 
51 Violation of Christian Fellowship 
51 Preliminary Requirement 
51 Authority
 
@ MAN 52: 
52 Members in Mother Church Only 
52 Working Against the Cause
 
@ MAN 53: 
53 No Unchristian Conduct 
53 Not to Learn Hypnotism 
53 Publications Unjust
 
@ MAN 54:
54 The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, Tenets 
54 Special Offense 
54 Members of Branch Churches 

TEACHERS. ART. XII 

 
@ MAN 55:
55 Probation 
55 Misteaching 

4. MEETINGS 

REGULAR AND SPECIAL MEETINGS. ART. XIII 

 
@ MAN 56:
56 Annual Meetings 
56 Meetings of Board of Directors
 
@ MAN 57:
57 Called only by the Clerk 

5. CHURCH SERVICES 

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PASTOR. ART. XIV 

 
@ MAN 58:
58 Ordination 
58 The Lesson-Sermon 

READING IN PUBLIC. ART. XV 

58 Announcing Author's Name 

WELCOMING STRANGERS. ART. XVI 

 
@ MAN 59:
59 The Leader's Welcome 
59 The Local Members' Welcome 

SERVICES UNINTERRUPTED. ART. XVII 

  @ MAN 60:
60 Continued Throughout the Year 
60 Easter Observances 
60 Laying a Corner Stone
 
@ MAN 61: 
61 Overflow Meetings 

COMMUNION. ART. XVIII 

61 No More Communion 
61 Communion of Branch Churches 

MUSIC IN THE CHURCH. ART. XIX 

61 Soloist and Organist 

SUNDAY SCHOOL. ART. XX 

 
@ MAN 62:
62 The Sunday School 
62 Teaching the Children 
62 Subject for Lessons 

6. READING ROOMS

 ART. XXI 

 
@ MAN 63:
63 Establishment 
63 Librarian
 
@ MAN 64:
64 Literature in Reading Rooms 

7. RELATION AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS
TO PASTOR EMERITUS ART. XXII 


64 The Title of Mother Changed

 @
MAN 65: 
65 A Member not a Leader 
65 Obedience Required 
65 Understanding Communications
 
@ MAN 66:
66 Interpreting Communications 
66 Reading and Attesting Letters 
66 Unauthorized Reports
 
@ MAN 67:
67 Private Communications 
67 Unauthorized Legal Action 
67 Duty to God 
67 Opportunity for Serving the Leader
 
@ MAN 68: 
68 Location 
68 Agreement Required
 
@ MAN 69: 
69 Incomplete Term of Service 
69 Help 
69 Students with Mrs. Eddy 
69 Mrs. Eddy's Room
 
@ MAN 70:
70 Pastor Emeritus to be Consulted 

8. THE MOTHER CHURCH 
AND BRANCH CHURCHES ART. XXIII
 

70 Local Self-government 
70 Titles
 
@ MAN 71: 
71 Mother Church Unique 
71 Tenets Copyrighted
 
@ MAN 72: 
72 Manual 
72 Organizing Churches 
72 Requirements for Organizing Branch Churches
 
@ MAN 73: 
73 Privilege of Members 
73 No Close Communion 
73 No Interference
 
@ MAN 74: 
74 Teachers' and Practitioners' Offices 
74 Recognition 

9. GUARDIANSHIP OF 
CHURCH FUNDS ART. XXIV 


 
@ MAN 75:
75 Church Edifice a Testimonial 
75 Financial Situation
 
@ MAN 76: 
76 Report of Directors 
76 Finance Committee
 
@ MAN 77:
77 God's Requirement 
77 Provision for the Future
 
@ MAN 78:
78 Debt and Duty 
78 Emergencies
 
@ MAN 79:
79 Committee on Business 

10. THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 
PUBLISHING SOCIETY ART. XXV 


79 Board of Trustees
@ MAN 80: 
80 Disposal of Funds 
80 Vacancies in Trusteeship 
80 Editors and Manager
 
@ MAN 81: 
81 Suitable Employees 
81 Periodicals 
81 Rule of Conduct 
81 Books to be Published
 
@ MAN 82:
82 Removal of Cards 

11. TEACHING CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 

TEACHERS. ART. XXVI 

 
@ MAN 83:
83 Motive in Teaching 
83 Care of Pupils
 
@ MAN 84:
84 Defense against Malpractice 
84 Number of Pupils 
84 Pupil's Tuition 
84 Associations 
84 A Single Field of Labor
 
@ MAN 85:
85 Caring for Pupils of Strayed Members 
85 Teachers must have Certificates 

PUPILS. ART. XXVII 

 
@ MAN 86:
86 Authorized to Teach 
86 Without Teachers 
86 Basis for Teaching
 
@ MAN 87: 
87 Church Membership 
87 Class Teaching 

12. BOARD OF EDUCATION 

ORGANIZATION. ART. XXVIII 

 
@ MAN 88:
88 Officers 
88 Election 
88 President not to be Consulted
 
@ MAN 89: 
89 Presidency of College 

APPLICANTS AND GRADUATES. ART. XXIX 

89 Normal Teachers 
89 Qualifications
  @ MAN 90: 
90 Certificates 

ACTION OF THE BOARD. ART. XXX 

90 Sessions 
90 Special Instruction
 
@ MAN 91:
91 Signatures 
91 Remuneration and Free Scholarship 
91 Surplus Funds 
91 Primary Students
 
@ MAN 92:
92 Healing Better than Teaching 
92 Not Members of The Mother Church 

13. BOARD OF LECTURESHIP 

ORGANIZATION AND DUTIES. ART. XXXI 

 
@ MAN 93:
93 Election 
93 Duty of Lecturers 
93 No Disruption of Branch Churches
 
@ MAN 94:
94 Receptions 
94 Circuit Lecturer 

CALLS FOR LECTURES. ART. XXXII 

 
@ MAN 95:
95 From the Directors 
95 From Branch Churches 
95 From Societies 
95 Annual Lectures 
95 No Lectures by Readers
 
@ MAN 96:
96 No Wednesday Evening Lectures 
96 Lecture Fee 
96 Expenses 
96 Exceptional Cases 

14: COMMITTEE ON 
PUBLICATION

 ART. XXXIII 

 
@ MAN 97:
97 In The Mother Church 
97 Duties
 
@ MAN 98:
98 In Branch Churches
 
@ MAN 99:
99 Appointment

  @ MAN 100: 
100 Removal from Office 
100 Case of Necessity 

15: CHURCH-BUILDING 

ART. XXXIV 

 
@ MAN 102:
102 Building Committee 
102 Designation of Deeds
 
@ MAN 103:
103 The Mother Church Building 

16: CHURCH MANUAL

 ART. XXXV 

 
@ MAN 104:
104 For The Mother Church Only 
104 Seventy-third Edition the Authority 
 
@ MAN 105:
105 Amendment of By-Laws 



Appendix 

 
@ MAN 109:
109 SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING 
APPLICATIONS FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP 

 
@ MAN 120:
120 PRESENT ORDER OF SERVICES IN 
THE MOTHER CHURCH 
AND BRANCH CHURCHES 

 
@ MAN 125:
125 PRESENT ORDER OF COMMUNION 
SERVICES IN BRANCH CHURCHES 

 
@ MAN 127:
127 ORDER OF EXERCISES FOR THE 
SUNDAY SCHOOL OF THE MOTHER CHURCH 
AND BRANCH CHURCHES 

 
@ MAN 128:
128 DEED OF TRUST 

 
@ MAN 136:
136 DEED CONVEYING LAND 
FOR CHURCH PURPOSES 



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