Montreal Daily Star, 30 November 1891, page 2

St Andrew’s Day

The sermon preached by the Chaplain of the Society

St Andrew’s Society have three forms of celebrating St Andrew’s Day.  First they have their business meeting, then they have their annual sermon and the ball.  The first was convened for Saturday night, and it was the first time within recollection of M Ewan McLennan that they did not have a quorum.  After waiting for an hour it was decided to call the members together again to-morrow night.

The annual sermon was preached in St Andrew’s Church yesterday afternoon.  The attendance was good and the majority wore their regalia and a sprig of heather.  Among those present were Mr. Duncan McIntyre, president; Rev Principal J Clarke Murray, Rev J Edgar Hill, Dr Wanless, Lieut-Col Stevenson, Messrs Geo Macrae, WW Ogilvie, W Alex Caldwell, Ewan McLennan, WB Smith, JM Kirk, George Graham, AD Fraser, Jas Thaker, SC Stevenson, JM Campbell, Jas Harper, Geo W Adams, CT Christie, David Guthrie, Donald Campbell, Jas Moffatt, A McAllister and others.  Rev James Patterson occupied the pulpit and the words of his text were “Watchman, what of the night,” from Isaiah XXI, II.  He said the history of a night in the accepted term was worthy of consideration.  Young Jacob’s dream, which occurred by night, was referred to, and the scene of Bethlehem’s Plains also and our Lord’s bitter moments when He prayed the more earnestly that if it were possible the cup might pass from Him.  Benevolent associations, the preacher said, fitted a big space in their several functions.  St Andrew’s Society, if not born in the night, was not born a day or an hour too soon in her work of relieving the poor.  The Home was opened on June 11, 1857, and on June 27 the sad news was received of the burning of the steamship “City of Montreal”, having on board about 450 persons, 320 of whom were Scottish immigrants.  Sixteen bodies were recovered and brought up to the city.  When the fatality became known the committee set to work with a commendable will and did what  they could to relieve the suffering and distress, by giving shelter and clothing to many of the survivors.  Seventy-six found shelter in the Home.  It was a sad sight to see brothers and sisters mourning and crying for each other.  The Society gave Christian burial to the dead and also engaged counsel to watch the investigation into the cause of the burning of the ship.  If the Society had never done anything towards relieving distress more than it did in connection with that terrible calamity it would have earned the lasting gratitude, not only of all Scotchmen, but of all lovers of their kind.  The prosperous advance of the Society was referred to in flattering terms.  The parochial system which was introduced into Scotland at the time of the Reformation gave Scotchmen many advantages from an educational point of view. 

At the close of the services the members adjourned to the lecture hall of the church, when  votes of thanks were passed to the preacher, to the church trustees, and the choir and organist.