Montreal Gazette, 24 April 1877, page 3


The annual sermon, commemorative of St George’s Day, preached by the Rev BW Norman, one of the chaplains of the St George’s Society, on Sunday afternoon, at St George’s Church, was taken from Psalm 137, verses 4, 5 and 6. As Mr Norman’s discourse is to be published in pamphlet form, it will suffice to merely refer to the principal points touched upon. It was thoroughly English in its character; broad, free, liberal and patriotic in its sentiment.  The love for the Mother Land was not absorbed to the exclusion of affection for Canada and her institutions, inherited through the liberty handed down by our Anglo-Saxon forefathers. The duty of the Englishmen in his adopted country; the prominent part taken by the church of England in shaping and moulding national progress were also referred to, the preacher not forgetting to acknowledge the right of liberty or conscious in the free choice of religious belief. An interesting part of the sermon, and so far as this province is concerned, a novel application of a theory which is gaining ground in some parts of England, was the reference to the suppositious connection between the Anglo-Saxon race and the lost tribes of the Isrealitish nation.  Mr Norman, without committing himself to an opinion on the matter, admitted there was much to favour such a theory, which, if established as correct, would be a powerful aid in the conversion of the Jews proper and in uniting the fragments of that mysterious people. In conclusion, he advocated the benevolent claims of the society and the good it had accomplished, and commended it warmly to the liberal consideration of his hearers. A collection was taken up in aid of the Society, after which, “God Save the Queen” was sung, in which everybody joined most heartily in the common prayer for our beloved Sovereign.