MRS. EDDY’S EXPLANATION OF THE ILLUSTRATED POEM “CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS” AS GIVEN BY JUDGE SEPTIMUS J. HANNA Part 6
We are now ready to take our fifth step up on the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth to its apex capstone. This illustration is different from the rest of the illustrations because it fills the tone of Truth on the Side of Life and the Side of Light. I feel that the first illustration drawn for the earlier edition may have had an old woman in the bed. It could be an old man, but I am not sure about it. I know for sure, after reading Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy by James F. Gilman, that the person in the bed of the first illustration was meant to be a man. There is no doubt that the later edition is of an old man because he has a beard. Was the man changed because having a beard meant that he was more seriously ill? There certainly is more medicine on the table in the later illustration. Also, the first illustration has a dark mantle on Mary Baker Eddy (as Jesus is depicted having), while in the later illustrations her mantle is white. On the Side of Life her mantle is black, while on the Side of Light her mantle is white. I think this is due to the fact that the dark mantle is symbolic of material organization which is bound to the Letter of the Law because man is BELIEVED to be a sinner. It is this false teaching of scholastic theology that Mary Baker Eddy must heal – the belief that man has fallen and cannot get up – cannot get to heaven. The white mantle, on the other side, symbolizes the spiritual system of Scientific understanding which demonstrates the Spirit of the Law resulting in Christian Science Healing.