What is the difference between a Christian Science practitioner and a Christian Science nurse?

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” (I Cor. 12:4-6)

Q: What is the difference between a Christian Science practitioner and a Christian Science nurse?

In The Christian Science Journal, a monthly publication of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, are found the names and contact information of Christian Science practitioners and nurses. These names appear in the Directory of Professional Services and Church Information at the back of the publication. Each of their roles are clearly defined.

Christian Science Practitioners

“The men and women who advertise in these pages are devoted full-time to helping others through Christian Science as explained in the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. They are experienced in the healing ministry of Christian Science and available to give Christian Science treatment through prayer for life challenges.”

Christian Science Nurses

“The men and women who advertise in these pages represent themselves as experienced Christian Scientists who are prepared to provide spiritual reassurance and skilled physical care to those receiving Christian Science treatment for healing . . . The standard of the Christian Science nurse is found in the Manual of The Mother Church, p. 49, Article VIII, Section 31.”

The Christian Science practitioner and the Christian Science nurse both have a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice and both are witnesses to the Divine power of healing but their roles are distinctly different. The Christian Science practitioner provides “Christian Science treatment through prayer for life challenges” while the Christian Science nurse provides “spiritual reassurance and skillful physical care to those receiving Christian Science treatment.”

Further explaining these differences and similarities is an article in the December 1981 Christian Science Journal entitled “Practitioner, Nurse, and the Seamless Garment of Healing” by Donna Nalley Ryburn.

“Fulfilling the demands of their respective roles — each bearing witness to the oneness and allness of God — practitioner and nurse blend their sympathies in Christian cooperation, thus preserving the garment of healing in its undivided wholeness for their patient.”

The Christian Science nurses of Upward Wing consider it a joy and a privilege to support this healing mission. Please call (855) 276-4968 to see how we may be of service.

An Integral Part of Healing Prayer

In thinking about prayer and gratitude, we know that gratitude is an integral part of healing prayer.

Gratitude is something felt deeply and strongly within the heart, and if we truly are comprehending God to be infinite, omnipresent good… we simply cannot pray in Christian Science without acknowledging God to be the Allness of good, the Allness of Truth.

So often we hear expressions of gratitude and love for others, love for our neighbor, and gratitude for kindness of others. But not as often do we hear expression of gratitude for God – expression of love for God – – just for being God, – – love for infinite Truth, just for being infinite All.

Yet perhaps this is the greatest gratitude of all.

Sometimes in early mornings, I listen with such appreciation to the multitude of bird songs coming from the trees. The amazing multitude of infinitely varying songs – – yet each is sung clearly and individually expressive and distinctive.
Such joy expressed in these morning songs! Not a single one waits to be asked for their song. Singing their joy is an aspect of their nature. Isn’t this also an aspect of our nature as God’s precious ideas?

This thought strikes me as so relevant to our own living of our gratitude for Christian Science. No expression of gratitude can be lost or unappreciated by God. We certainly have the realization of gratitude in our hearts for all the good which God is, and God is doing.

Whatever we are praying about, it is essential that we don’t wait to be asked for our song of gratitude. But let us sing as the birds so joyously do – – let us sing freely of our gratitude for God being God – – the All-in-all infinite good, Love – which enfolds and includes every precious idea