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Christ and Christmas, Plate 1,
Christ and Christmas, Plate 2,
Christ and Christmas, Plate 3,
Christ and Christmas, Plate 4,
Volume 13, Number 1
Christian Science Standard
"In this age the earth will help the
the spiritual idea will be understood."
(Science and Health, p. 570)
illustrates and interprets
Mary Baker Eddy as the representative of
the second coming of Christ
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are ready for
'Christ and Christmas.'"
Mary Baker Eddy
Miscellaneous Writings, p.
This issue of
The Christian Science Standard includes
material published in previous issues of the
Standard that were compiled and edited by Stanley
This issue of the
Standard continues to address the momentous
questions that are now agitating the Christian
Science Movement and the world, i.e., the questions
relating to the second coming of Christ and the
place of Mary Baker Eddy in Scriptural
The following is
an exegesis of the first four plates in Christ
and Christmas, Mary Baker Eddy's undeniable
confession of herself as the second appearing in
the flesh of the Christ, presented in Scriptural
texts, illustrations, and verses. She writes on
page 308 of Miscellaneous Writings,
"Advanced scientific students are ready for 'Christ
And, notice Mrs.
Eddy's words in Science and Health regarding
herself, when she speaks of Jesus' parable of the
leaven, "which a woman took, and hid in three
measures of meal":
Did not this
parable point a moral with a prophecy, foretelling
the second appearing in the flesh of the
Christ, Truth, hidden in sacred secrecy from the
visible world? (Science and Health,
CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS
Mary Baker Eddy
first published her book, Christ and
Christmas, in December 1893. During her
lifetime the pages of the book were doubly or
triply thick, and were separated by a tissue
between each page, and the book was always
gilt-edged. Mrs. Eddy considered it highly
important that this book be understood. She
said the divine guidance she received in its
preparation was more apparent than in the writing
of Science and Health:
Christmas was an inspiration from beginning
to end. The power of God and the wisdom of God
was even more manifest in it and guided me more
perceptibly, as those of my household can
attest, than when I wrote Science and
Health. God taught me that the art of
Christian Science has come through inspiration
the same as its Science has. Hence the great
error of human opinions passing judgment on it.
(Letter to Carol Norton, Dec. 14, 1892.
[Johnson, History of the Christian
Science Movement, Vol. 2], p. 448)
THE DUAL CHRIST PRESENTED IN
CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS
Items in the July
1994 and September 2000 issues of The Christian
Science Standard discussed "the God-power
behind the confession of the Messiah." Peter's
recognition of Jesus as Christ was the "rock" on
which the Church of Christendom would be built.
(Matt. 16:16) This was in conformity with a
timeless spiritual law of God which was
demonstrated at the time of the rebuilding of
As recorded in
Zechariah 4, Solomon's temple at Jerusalem could
not be rebuilt until "the two anointed ones" were
recognized and acknowledged. Zechariah had to
recognize the candlestick and the two olive trees
which "are the two anointed ones, that stand by the
Lord of the whole earth." (Zech. 4:14)
When Jesus, the
first "anointed one," was crucified, the spiritual
foundation stone was rejected, and the temple was
levelled to the ground, for it was not built by
power nor by might, but by the spirit of God.
Eventually, the First Church of Christ, Scientist,
in Boston, would be the successor temple where the
second "anointed one" would minister. In order to
build this new temple, the stone which had been
rejected, Christ Jesus, would have to be "brought
forth" in keeping with these times. That is, Mary
Baker Eddy would have to be recognized in her
spiritual identity as the Christ. Christ and
Christmas serves this purpose since it is a
declaration by both Mrs. Eddy and Jesus that she is
the Christ, the woman who compasses the man. But as
pointed out in our July 1994 issue, there was a
fifty-year "providential waiting period"
"before man [would be] permitted to render
his public verdict on some of the momentous
questions that are now agitating the world"
Mrs. Eddy's place in the fulfillment of prophecy.
Jesus had charged his disciples that they should
tell no man that he was the Christ. For her part,
Mrs. Eddy put her message in the form of a code in
Christ and Christmas so that her meaning
would not be discovered by the general public, but
only by her followers who found her message in the
artwork and the verses of the text. Her coded
message served to side-step the issue as far as the
general public was concerned, for the providential
Even today, most
Christian Scientists do not seem to be able to
accept Mrs. Eddy as Christ. We recently received
the following in a letter: "I know a couple of
practitioners who went into orbit over [your
calling Mrs. Eddy] 'Christ Mary' and were
totally unprepared to perceive the duality of the
Christ. . . ." Mrs. Eddy presented these very
points in Christ and Christmas
as essential for demonstrating Christian Science
healing, and for the preservation of her
In 1897, Mrs.
Eddy took steps to reissue Christ and
Christmas after it had been withdrawn for three
years. Early in the year, she wrote her artist, Mr.
James F. Gilman, for a new design for plate no. 11.
When this was finished, she wrote him again to make
another drawing to better illustrate "Christian
Science Healing," plate no. 6. She was greatly
pleased with the result. In a letter to Mr. Gilman
on April 30, she wrote:
Do you know
what you have done for yourself, for mankind,
for our Cause? No, you do not, perhaps, but I
will tell you. You have illustrated and
interpreted my life on the plate that you sent
me. (Diary Records of James F.
Gilman, p. 91)
In this plate,
"Christian Science Healing," Mrs. Eddy is depicted
wearing a conspicuous mantle reaching to the floor,
healing a man as she stands beside the bed. A
practitioner is standing in the background,
praying. The mantle denotes Christ, for in her
writings she speaks of "the Christly
garment" (S&H 242:26), and "the hem of the
Christ garment" (No and Yes 22:1),
etc. Therefore, when Mrs. Eddy says that this plate
"illustrates and interprets" her life, it can only
mean that it interprets her life as Christ Mary.
While Mrs. Eddy is depicted there physically, she
is only there in her spiritual entity as the
Christ, as denoted by the mantle. Therefore, the
practitioner must be recognizing the Christ in
Christ Mary as bringing power to the healing work,
will give power unto my two witnesses." (Rev.
"Scriptural Text" reads: "But such as I have give I
thee: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise
up and walk.
St. Peter." (Acts 3:6; "Glossary" to Christ and
Christmas, p. 55) This suggests that the
practitioner in the background is declaring the
same truth as Peter, adjusted to the present era,
i.e., "In the name of Christ Mary rise up and
EXEGESIS OF CHRIST AND
The following is
an exegesis of the verses, the illustrations and
the Scriptural texts. The texts are given in the
"Glossary" of Christ and Christmas, p. 55.
Mrs. Eddy says the Scriptural texts are the basis
of the sentiments in the verses. They are crucial
to the understanding of the meaning. The earlier
editions, up to 1910, often show the illustrations
more clearly and with more detail than in the
PLATE NO. 1
Plate Title: Star of Bethlehem.
shows a night sky with various forms and shadings
of clouds and a single seven-pointed star piercing
Suggested Theme: The nativity of Jesus,
and pre-existence and duality of Christ Mary.
Fast circling on,
from zone to zone,
grim night of chaos shone
Scriptural Text for Verse 1: (This text
is the basis of the sentiments in the above verse
1, and is found in the "Glossary," Christ and
Christmas, p. 55): "I am the root and the
offspring of David, and the bright and morning
Christ Jesus." (Rev. 22:16)
LIFTING THOUGHT FROM ZONE TO
The morning star
is seen alone before or at sunrise, and is symbolic
of the one Christ moving consciousness
progressively from one zone of thought to a higher
zone. The stages of progress must reach that level
where this question (about the Scriptural text) is
answered: How can Christ Jesus be both "the
root and the offspring of David"?
This text should
be examined in connection with its corollary verse
in Revelation, chapter 5. Together they are:
I am the root and
the offspring of David, and the bright and morning
Behold, the Lion
of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath
prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven
In the first
text, Jesus is identified as "the offspring of
David." He is frequently referred to as "the son of
David" in the four Gospels,
"Christ cometh of the seed of David." (John 7:42)
But how is he also the "root of David"? How
can he be both?
In the second
text, the book with seven seals is accepted by
Christian Scientists to be Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
This is the book that Ezekiel saw and read (Ezek.
2:9-10; 3:1-5), and which he was to preach to
Israel. It is the book that God directed Daniel to
"shut up the words, and seal . . . to the time of
the end." (Dan. 12:4, 9) The second text identifies
the root as Mrs. Eddy, because she is the one who
loosed the seven seals and opened the book,
Science and Health, to the world at "the
time of the end."
Thus we have the
Christ Jesus is
the root and the offspring of David in the first
In the second
text, Jesus reveals to St. John that the Root of
David is that individual who will unseal and open
centuries later, as the author, Mary Baker Eddy
unsealed and opened the book. This identifies her
as the Root of David.
In the first
text, there is just one root and one offspring.
Jesus says he is
also the root of David, as is Mrs. Eddy. For this
to be, they must be two-in-one.
To be two-in-one
with Jesus, Mrs. Eddy must be not only the Root,
but also the offspring of David.
Eddy is Jesus and Jesus is Mrs. Eddy.
Then, Mrs. Eddy
is Christ Mary, the woman who compasses Jesus.
embodies the dual nature of Christ.
MRS. EDDY DESCRIBED BY JESUS
AS THE CHRIST
Since the book of
Revelation is the revelation of Christ Jesus, then
it is Jesus himself who confirms Mrs. Eddy as the
root and offspring in the two above texts, and
it is he who confirms her as Christ
THE NATIVITY OF JESUS RISES INTO THE
EMERGENCE OF THE WOMAN
The plates of the
final edition in 1910, at Mrs. Eddy's passing, were
destroyed about a decade later, and the spiritual
messages in the artwork in some cases were not
fully restored. Here, in Plate no. 1, "Star of
Bethlehem," brings to mind the puzzle pictures used
in her day to entertain adult readers by having
them find people or objects hidden somewhere in the
picture's artwork. The clouds nearest to the star
at 7 o'clock, have the shape of the Madonna and
child, with the faces highlighted. At 9 o'clock,
behind the Madonna, is a cloud resembling a dragon,
facing the nativity scene. At 3 o'clock is a
woman's head, bowed. Because it is nearer to the
viewer than the nativity group, it may represent a
different era, even Mrs. Eddy. It appears to show
that Mrs. Eddy was present at the birth of Jesus,
individual natures present,
and they are both represented in the Star of
The importance of
observing the nativity will rise to the higher
spiritual fact of the incarnation of Mrs. Eddy, the
woman compassing the man. Dual in nature, she is,
in fact, "one lone" individual. (Cf. S&H
577:4) She does not displace him, but compasses
him in spiritual duality.
The wise men and
women of today are going to have to recognize the
woman, Christ Mary, or there will be no future to
the Cause of Christian Science.
PLATE NO. 2
Plate Title: Christ Healing.
shows Mrs. Eddy rising from the dead out of a
coffin. Jesus is standing in the light from the
star, wearing the Christ mantle and gently lifting
her hand. Two awe-filled witnesses are standing to
a woman in 19th century dress and a man dressed as
in the time of Jesus. There are no visible
Suggested Theme: The resurrection and
incarnation of Mary, the Root of David.
tender mercy, Spirit sped [sent]
To rouse the living, wake the dead,
The Christ-idea, God anoints
The Way in Science He appoints,
stills all strife.
for Verse 2: ("Glossary," p. 55): "Verily, verily,
I say unto you, The hour is coming [Second
Advent], and now is [First Advent],
when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of
God: and they that hear shall live.
Jesus" (John 5:25)
for Verse 3: ("Glossary," p. 55): "The people that
walked in darkness have seen a great light: they
that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon
them hath the light shined.
Isaiah." (Isa. 9:2)
The loyal ray
sent by Spirit in verse 2 is Christ Mary, who
brings "the Way in Science," and is the
"Christ-idea" that "God anoints." She leads the way
out of "the grim night" of darkness seen in plate
This "loyal ray"
which Spirit sent, was resurrected from a fatal
injury on February 4, 1866, a day her doctor
thought would be her last. She opened her Bible and
read Matthew 9:2-6: "The Son of man hath power on
earth," and she was healed, resurrected. ". . . the
dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God."
(Scriptural text from p. 55) It was the voice of
the Son of God that raised her.
Retrospection and Introspection 23:1-24,
Mrs. Eddy describes this scene as "Emergence into
. . . the
moment arrived of the heart's bridal to more
spiritual existence. When the door opened, I was
waiting and watching; and, lo, the bridegroom
wording here is unmistakably a wedding, not of two
individuals, but of "two individual natures in
one." (S&H 577:4) The scene is of Mrs. Eddy's
emergence or incarnation as Christ Mary. She
experienced her Christ incarnation through her
resurrection and spiritual marriage rather than
through nativity, or birth, and is shown hereafter
as having the Christ nature
represented by a halo.
bystanders are a representation of the shepherds
and sages of the orient who came to adore the
Christ at the incarnation of Christ Mary, the Root
of David. Their ears are exposed listening "to the
voice of the Son of God," as the Scriptural text
indicates. The difference in their dress indicates
that they are not related and that they represent
two periods or "zones" in religious development.
One is the zone of Christ Jesus where thought
accepts the individual manhood of the Christ, and
the other is the advanced zone of Christ Mary,
where human thought is prepared to accept the
two-in-one womanhood of the Christ. The position of
their hands shows that they are greatly moved by
the revelation of Mrs. Eddy as Christ Mary. They
are wise in recognizing this incarnation. They have
grown in thought beyond the nativity of the babe
Jesus to see the Advent of Mary as the dual
The setting is in
the nineteenth century. This is a manger scene
without a birth. The man from Jesus' time has moved
on to the higher zone of witnessing the full
Christ, i.e., both elements. They are signalizing a
higher level of incarnation than was witnessed at
the time of Jesus' nativity.
PLATE NO. 3
Plate Title: Seeking and Finding.
shows Mrs. Eddy with halo studying her Bible
with great concentration. She is writing her book,
Science and Health. Behind her is a serpent
and on the shelf a clock. Light is coming from the
star through a skylight.
Suggested Theme: The Root of David,
Christ Mary, unsealing the seven seals of the book.
(Cf. Rev. 5:5)
What the Beloved
[Jesus] knew and taught,
Science repeats [Jesus in Christ
understanding, dearly sought,
With fierce heart-beats;
Scriptural Text for Verse 4: "But seek ye
first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Jesus." (Matt. 6:33)
Christ Mary seeks
refuge in the wilderness as a means of escaping the
dragon of animal magnetism, a warfare described in
Revelation 12:14. In contrast with the editions
published after the original plates were destroyed,
it should be noted that in the ninth edition of
Mrs. Eddy's final edition,
the background of this picture is light gray and
every feature is distinct. The serpent is dark and
stands out against the background. Its tongue is
clearly shown and is forked,
denoting prevarication. Its teeth are those of a
human and therefore, it is a whispering, talking
serpent. Its eye has a bright and malicious gleam.
(Cf. Mis. 177:1) The clock registers 12:05,
representing the five senses at the midnight hour.
Mrs. Eddy is shown avidly and ardently seeking
"with fierce heart-beats."
PLATE NO. 4
Plate No. 4: Christmas Eve.
shows gifts being distributed from a huge Christmas
tree, but the Morning Star, or its light, is not
Suggested Theme: The Tree of
eternal and divine,
As Truth demands,
Scriptural Text for Verse 5: "Man that is
born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
(Job 14:1) Verse 5 was revised for the 3rd edition
in 1897, and the Scriptural text for the new verse
was not given. The present text from Job does not
apply except in the sense that mortals do not want
to accept the revelation of the duality of Christ,
or the duality of individual man. The only way Mrs.
Eddy could present this message was in its coded
form of artwork, verse, and Scriptural text, and
let the age await spiritual growth.
with the "Scriptural texts" (Christ and
Christmas, p. 55) first appeared in the 2nd
edition in December 1893. The sequence of verses 5
and 6 were reversed in the 3rd edition of 1897, but
the order of these two Scriptural texts was never
reversed in the "Glossary" to correspond. However,
they are here adjusted.
Christus, earthly Eves,
Make merriment on
Scriptural Text for Verse 6: "The tabret,
and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they
regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider
the operation of His hands.
"eternal and divine," without a birthday. To
celebrate Christ "As Truth demands" is to
demonstrate "this living Vine" in one's daily life.
We must get away from the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil where gender seems to suggest itself
because Eve is separated from Adam, and their
progeny multiply in a time-world of false
Adam was a dual
being but did not know it until Eve was separated
from him. "It was the creation of Womanhood
that completed the equation which even yet we have
not fully solved." (Mrs. Eddy quotes Totten; see
January 1993 and July 2003 issues.) When Christ
Mary is recognized as a dual being compassing
Christ Jesus, then Eve will compass Adam in "one
lone" dual individuality and their progeny will
necessarily cease from the mortal scene. Humanity
will find the Kingdom of God by demonstrating the
"living Vine" and rejecting the false tree with
babe and crib prolonging the Adam dream. Then there
will be "neither Jew nor Greek, . . . neither bond
nor free, . . . neither male nor female: for ye are
all one in Christ Jesus [or now, Christ
Mary]." (Gal. 3:28)
tree of life is that of spiritual understanding as
represented in plate no. 3, "Seeking and Finding."
Mortals think the tree of life is the tree of
knowledge, with babe and crib. This plate no. 4
illustrates the false tree of life, with the
closed Bible, and the evidence of false
hopes, pain and suffering.
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tells us on page 565 of Science and Health,
that the first coming was "impersonated" in the
life of Jesus, represented "first by man," and
"last by woman."
impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief
history in the earthly life of our Master; but 'of
his kingdom there shall be no end,' for Christ,
God's idea, will eventually rule all nations and
imperatively, absolutely, finally
divine Science. This immaculate idea, represented
first by man and, according to the Revelator, last
by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery
baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the
fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and
purifying even the gold of human character."
In Genesis we are
told that God created man in His own image,
male and female. In this we recognize the divine
Fatherhood and Motherhood of God. Since the
"first coming" presented the Fatherhood of
God in the man Christ Jesus; so the "second
coming," in order to express the "fulness of the
Godhead bodily," must present the Motherhood
of God in the woman, Mary Baker Eddy. Thus we see
the complete revelation of God in human
The next four
plates will be discussed in the April issue of the
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