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Sunday services are held throughout the year and weekly testimony meetings are held on Wednesday evenings, where following brief readings from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, those in attendance are invited to give testimonies of healing brought about through Christian Science prayer.

A practitioner who has been listed for at least three years' may apply for "Normal" class instruction, given once every three years.

Both Primary and Normal classes are based on the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy.

Headquartered in Boston, the church reports a worldwide membership of about 85,000.

The Bible and Eddy's textbook on Christian healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, are together the church's key doctrinal sources and have been ordained as the church's "dual impersonal pastor".

The Church has collected over 50,000 testimonies of incidents that it considers healing through Christian Science treatment alone.

While most of these testimonies represent ailments neither diagnosed nor treated by medical professionals, the Church requires three other people to vouch for any testimony published in its official organ, the Christian Science Journal; verifiers say that they witnessed the healing or know the testifier well.

It boasts one of the world's largest pipe organs, built by the Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston. Branch churches of The Mother Church may take the title of First Church of Christ, Scientist; Second; but the article The must not be used, presumably to concede the primacy of the Boston Mother Church.

The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity is housed in an 11-story structure originally built for The Christian Science Publishing Society constructed between 19, and the present plaza was constructed in the late 1960s and early 1970s to include a 28 story administration building, a colonnade, and a reflecting pool with fountain, designed by Araldo Cossutta of I. An international newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor, founded by Eddy in 1908 and winner of seven Pulitzer prizes, is published by the church through the Christian Science Publishing Society.

In years in which there are 53 Sundays, the topic "Christ Jesus" occurs a third time, in December.

In addition, there is a special, shortened Lesson-Sermon for Thanksgiving Day.

This later bore on a dispute during the 1920s, known as the Great Litigation in CS circles, pivoting on whether the CSBD could remove trustees of the Christian Science Publishing Society or whether the CSPS trustees were established independently.