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From the April 1895 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This article was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896: Mis. 313:24-316:4

Humbly , and as I believe, Divinely directed—I hereby ordain, that the Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, shall hereafter be the only pastor of the Church of Christ, Scientist, throughout our land, and in other lands. From this date the Sunday services of our denomination should be conducted by Readers, in lieu of pastors.