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Month: March, 2017

AS IT IS “Teaching must always be by symbols.”

CHAPTER XIII

            Chapter 8, from Alice Orgain’s book AS IT IS, is about symbols, something that I really like!  However, I am not sure I always agree with this author upon the topic of symbols, or what they mean.  And I find that she has a low understanding of symbology.  {Any interpolations I make will be in this type of bracket.}  I will make changes to any spelling mistakes I find, and add italics where necessary, etc.

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THE THREE TABERNACLES – Part 4

            Alice Orgain continues on with this chapter, but basically she is finished with her main discussion of the symbols for the three tabernacle churches.

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THE THREE TABERNACLES – Part 3

                                                            MEDICINE
   THE NETWORK MATRIX (1904) – VANGUARD EXPLORER
                        “THE CONCORD BRANCH CHURCH
                        “The Third Tabernacle—“Truth,” (S&H 517:9)

            “The Concord Branch Church, as a gift from Mrs. Eddy, illustrates every demand made on Branch Churches as detached from the Mother Vine.  In the front of this Church {on the East Side} is a large round window (similar in shape to the rose windows in The [little] Mother Church) with twelve white pillar divisions encompassing or surrounding a cross and crown as a center.” (p. 526)

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            Actually, the window is a Rose Window, and there is also a Rose Window found on the Extension’s South Side (and I am guessing there is one on its North Side).  This means that all three “tabernacles” actually have the Unity Matrix found within them.

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THE THREE TABERNACLES – Part 2

CHAPTER 10 (Continued)

                                                         SCIENCE
             THE PARAMOUNT MATRIX (1894) – EARTH*STAR VOYAGER
                                    “THE EDIFICE – MOTHER’S CHURCH
                        “The First Tabernacle—“creation,” (S&H 517:9)

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            In the drawing above of The First Church of Christ Scientist, in Boston, it stands alone without the Extension.  Notice that there is the dove of divine Science descending down with a detached branch in its beak.  This matches the dove seen in the second drawing for the eleventh Illustration in Christ and Christmas titled THE WAY (seen below is part of THE WAY, as the dove is hard to make out in the full view I have of the Illustration).

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            “The (little) Mother Church is the best interpreter of the limitations of ‘Mother.’  It is lighted by {a star with seven points of light, in the skylight of the auditorium (a picture of this skylight is seen further on)} …and the vestibule leading to Mother’s Room (the latter closed in 1908, Nov. 21, 1908, Sentinel), is also lighted by a seven pointed star {which I do not have a picture of}.” (p. 474)

Bird's Eye View

            Above is a drawing I did, several years ago (even before I saw a satellite photo of the Church) of the original Edifice in Boston.  I am not sure I am accurate with the directions in it either (without actually going there and knowing where true North is located at).  The skylight window is oversized.  In the center of the skylight is the seven-pointed Star, like the one seen in the Vestry.  Below is a close up of what Assembly would look like if it had taken place in the Disney movie Earth*Star Voyager.

Assembly

Assembly

            To me the seven points of each star represents the seven synonymous terms for God:  Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.  At this time I would like to insert a portion of a letter written by David Nolan in 2003 about Mother’s Room.

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THE THREE TABERNACLES – Part 1

Chapter X

            Once more, I would like to quote from Alice Orgain’s book AS IT IS.  {All of my interpolations will be in this type of brackets.}   [All of Orgain’s interpolations will be in these brackets.]  I will capitalize the BIBLE and SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  I will make some grammatical corrections and change spelling mistakes.  I do not agree with everything that Alice Orgain writes on symbolism and Christian Science, and especially when it comes to America’s early 20th century government, but I wish to present it to you as she has, along side my comments.  I also have come to the conclusion that she is not a very great writer, in that she does not know how to get to the point, she seems to get sidetracked (a lot), so I do not think she gets her point across very well at times.  Either she is a bad writer as I think she is or I am just stupid and do not exactly comprehend what she is trying to say.  I really use to think it was me, but after all these years of study and reading her books, I have come to the conclusion that she just is not a great writer.  If you all tend to disagree with me on this point, let me know.  No hurt feelings.
            She gives many references in her book that are not given in her text.  Hopefully you have all the books that you need to look up these statements.  I have not added them to my posts unless I thought it necessary.
            I have included pictures that I have to try and help you understand what she is speaking about.  I do not have many pictures of the Extension, but you can see pictures of the Extension in the book Building of The Mother Church, by Joseph Armstrong and Margaret Williamson, published by the Christian Science Publishing Society, available on line or at Christian Science Reading Rooms.  I could not find pictures of some of the things that Orgain was speaking about in Building of The Mother Church.  I have a few pictures (not good color) of the Concord Branch.  Someone who is a member of the Branch sent me the copies I have about ten years ago.
            Orgain placed the order of the three tabernacles (churches) in a different order from the order in which they were built.  She chose to place them in her order as following a quote by Mary Baker Eddy:  “The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth.” (S&H 517:8-9)  Her order is:  the original Edifice,  the Extension, and the Concord Branch (time wise, Concord was finished being built before the Extension).  She also correlates these three church tabernacles with the experience three disciples had on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus, when they also saw Moses and Elias.  “Let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias.” (Matt. 17:4)
            I would like to put these Three Tabernacles in a different order altogether, in order to follow the order of the United Paramount Network, with the symbols of the circle, the triangle, and the square.  So I will begin with the Extension (in Boston) in Part 1, move on to the original Boston Edifice (because its triangular shape embraces the circular Extension, which Alice Orgain totally ignores or is unaware of) in Part 2, and then finally to the Concord Branch Church (square/network shape) in Part 3.

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