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'Keep steadfast to this prayer'

From the October 2008 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The nearly 28,000 letters and manuscripts and more than 800 reminiscences that make up part of The Mary Baker Eddy Library's collections give us a window into the life and ideas of Mary Baker Eddy and can help us to better understand her published writings. For example, we can turn to the collections for further insight into Mary Baker Eddy's deep love of the Lord's Prayer. This prayer, which Jesus gave to his disciples, Mary Baker Eddy described as "that prayer which covers all human needs" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 16).

Lulu Blackman, who attended Mary Baker Eddy's Primary class in Christian Science healing in 1885, recorded her experiences on the first day of this class when her teacher prayed this prayer aloud with her students:

"As one with the class, and yet distinct from it, we heard these words in Mrs. Eddy's voice, 'Our dear Father which art in heaven.'

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