Montreal Daily Star, 28 April 1884, page 1

St George’s Society

The service in the Dominion Square Methodist Church

The last of the ceremonies connected with the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the St. George’s Society was the religious service held last evening in the Dominion Square Methodist Church.  The edifice was well filled, and most of the congregation wore the floral emblem of England.  The hymns were all of a national character and in the prayers special supplications were offered for the Queen and the preservation of the British Empire.  The sermon was preached by Rev. Wm. Jackson, one of the chaplains of the Society, from the text, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians VI, 2).  As Englishmen, said the preacher, his hearers were all justly proud of the land of their birth, of her literature and laws, commerce and wealth.  Her fame in the field  and her superiority on the seas were the wonder and admiration of the world.  These were all written on the memory and heart of every lover of their native land. That so small a country should have attained to such a height might seem surprising and on this occasion they might well consider what was the cause of England’s greatness.  Was it her commerce or the industry of her merchants or her marine? No; Tyre had great commerce, the sails of her ships whitened every sea, but she had long since melted away and her commerce with her.  Was it the wisdom of England’s statesmen?  No; for although she had her Pitts and her Fox, her Chatham and her Burke, her Disreali and her Gladstone, the nations of antiquity had the equal of any of them, but their countries had passed away and their deeds live only in the misty records of the past.  He also proceeded to show that was neither her warriors, her literature, nor her scientists that England owed her supremacy, but to her firm faith in the Bible.  Without the Bible and Christianity a nation could not stand.  He did not wish it to be understood that England had not many faults, but with all these faults, still, she was far in advance of any nation, in fact the whole world might take England as their type.  Prayer and praise were the hidden forces of supremacy, and as long as this continued so long would England continue to be great.  It is righteousness that nerves a nation to patriotism and it was the Bible that had contributed to England’s greatness and importance.  Let England continue to honour God, and God would continue to exalt her.  The speaker concluded by referring to the charitable work carried on by the society, and urged all Englishmen to lend their hearty support to it.  “God Save the Queen” and the Doxology brought the proceedings to a close.

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