Not until three months after the completion of the Church edifice did Mrs. Eddy cross its threshold. On April first of that year she spent the night in the room prepared for her in the tower of the church. Seeing her “prayer in stone” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 141) for the first time, she asked to have the auditorium lighted. In enveloping humility she knelt on the steps of the platform in silent prayer. Then mounting the dais she repeated the ninety-first Psalm and the familiar hymn:
Julia Michael Johnston
(Mary Baker Eddy: Her Mission And Triumph p. 138)
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah!
Pilgrim through this barren land:
I am week, but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven!
Feed me till I want no more.
Open is the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing waters flow:
And the fiery cloudy pillar
Leads me all my journey through.
Still Thou art my strength and shield.
– William Williams