What do Christopher Wren’s visionary St. Paul’s wiring plan and “Church, in a DIY world” have in common?

There is something I have been told about St.Paul’s Cathedral in London which fascinates me.  However, my deep research (okay, my quick Google search!) hasn’t been able to confirm it.  I have been told that when Christopher Wren‘s masterpiece was finished in 1711 there were inexplicable holes left in the ceiling that served no apparent purpose.   However, when electricity was later discovered and they wanted to wire the cathedral, lo and behold, it was perfectly prepared to receive the wiring without having to damage the building.  (If you do know whether or not this is true – or if you have a guide book that knows! – please leave a comment with confirmation, or otherwise.)

Whether or not that proves to be urban myth, I thought of it when reading the latest blog by my Boston  colleagues on CS Media News.  The blog considers how differently people are wanting to engage with institutions in today’s 24/7 digital world.  As the writer reviews the unique way in which Mary Baker Eddy designed the Church of Christ, Scientist he finds that the model that came to her for her church (as laid out in The Manual of The Mother Church) is perfectly pre-set to respond to the reaching out of spiritual seekers in this modern age.   Just as for Wren’s visionary holes in the ceiling (assuming they actually existed!) that kind of far-sightedness suggests a vision beyond the personal, a spiritually imparted foresight from a divine intelligence beyond one’s own.

The Bible records that Jesus complained to the religious leaders of his time who hounded him, “you can discern the face of the sky; but can you not discern the signs of the times?” Mary Baker Eddy has proved herself to be among those faithful followers of Christ who have evidenced an ability to do just that!

The Boston blog is called Church, in a DIY world.

Here’s a beautiful benediction sung by the St.Paul’s Cathedral choir


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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One Comment on “What do Christopher Wren’s visionary St. Paul’s wiring plan and “Church, in a DIY world” have in common?”

  1. Anthony whitehouse
    July 30, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    I think you will find it was prepared for Gas lighting which was coming into vogue around that time!

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