Titanic Sinking - Memorial Services
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR TITANIC'S DEAD
Prayers for the Lost at Sea Are Said in St. Paul's Chapel.
ALL CREEDS NOW UNITED
Cardinal Farley Sends Out Special Circular---Many Churches Will Observe Disaster To-morrow.
Memorial service for the Titanic dead was held yesterday noon in St. Paul's Chapel, Fulton Street and Broadway. The Rev. W. Montague Geer, the curate of St. Paul's, speaking of the accident and referring to the survivors who arrived on the Carpathia, said;
"No ship, it is safe to say, ever sailed into port with such a load of crushed and broken-hearted women and children are virtually the guests of the city, and they will be most tenderly cared for, but their hearts are with their beloved dead off the Newfoundland Banks; at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
"It is proper, therefore, that our usual Friday morning service should be made a service of prayer for these bereaved women and children, and a simple memorial service for those who, whether prepared to meet their God or not, wren suddenly called upon, in the darkness at dead of night to cry, many of them in the anguish of their souls, "In the hour of death and in the day of judgment, good Lord deliver us."
"First, then, our hearts go out in most loving sympathy to the widows and fatherless children; the survivors of the great disaster most of whom probably wish that it had been the will of God that they were now with their husbands and fathers out of the bitterly hard struggle of life, and at rest and peace forever more. As these sorely afflicted women and children scatter to their destinations, one general prayer will surely go with them that the God of all Comfort, in Jesus Christ, our Lord, will be the husband of the widow and the father of the fatherless, and our contributions of money will go with our prayer, that the necessities of all those families, whose bread-winners have been torn from them, may be abundantly supplied.
"The character of this service, the hour at which it is held, and its consequent time limitations, make and address of any length impossible. But this is the House of God, and a word ought to be spoken about those who at 10 o'clock at night were enjoying the privileges of an evening on shipboard, or were preparing for their night's rest, feeling as secure as if they were in their own homes, and in a short space of time were called into the presence of God."
The Rev. Mr. Geer concluded his sermon with a plea that all join in contributing to the general fund for the relief of the sufferers. He said that boxes had been placed in the entrances to the church, and asked that every one help.
Cardinal Farley announced yesterday that he had sent out circulars to all the churches in the archdiocese of New York, directing that prayers be said for the Titanic dead during the services on Sunday. Following this, he directs that every priest shall hold a silent requiem mass for the repose of the dead on Monday.
His Eminence, it is probable, will announce later the organization of a committee to solicit subscriptions and distribute the fund among those rescued.
The following is a copy of the letter sent to the pastors of all the parishes by Mgr. Hayes, Chancellor of the diocese, from the chancery office, 23 East Fifty-first Street:
Reverend Dear Father: His Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop directs a mass of requiem (solemn, wherever convenient) to be offered in all the churches of this diocese on Monday, April 22, for the souls of those who perished in the Titanic disaster. Requiescat in pace!
Please bring this announcement to the attention of the faithful at all the masses on Sunday, April 21. Sincerely yours in Christ, P. J. HAYES, Chancellor.
A service in memory of the lost passengers of the Titanic and also for the lost of the crew and officers, will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at the Monteflore Congregation's Places, the Bronx.
The Free Synagogue, the Rev. Dr. Stephen S. Wise, was to have begun the celebration of its fifth successful year yesterday and to have and a banquet at the Hotel Astor to-night, at which Borough President McAneny of Manhattan, Rabbi Emil Hirsch of Chicago, John Mitchell, and the Rev. Dr. Nehemiah Boynton of the Congregational Council were to be the speakers. This had been postponed, but to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock in Carnegie Hall Rabbi Hirsch will assist Rabbi Wise in a memorial service, at which fitting Titanic references will be made.
In Brooklyn three synagogues, Beth Jehuda, Beth Elohim, [and Beth Elohim], will hold union memorial services. The Congregation Shaari Zedek, Putnam Avenue, near Reid, Brooklyn, will hold a memorial service to-morrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The public is invited.
Memorial services in other churches in Brooklyn to-morrow include the Central Congregational, Beecher Memorial Congregational, Christ Protestant Episcopal, in Williamsburg, and Trinity Baptist Churches.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will have a memorial service to-morrow morning at 11 o'clock. The preacher will be Bishop Greer, and there will be music in keeping. Col. John Jacob Astor was for some years a Trustee of the cathedral, resigning only a short time ago, and he contributed to the building fund.
At Trinity Church to-morrow mention of the Titanic disaster will be made, but at noon on Tuesday, St. George's Day, there will be a memorial service, which it is expected the British societies will attend. At Grace Church, Broadway and Tenth Street, next Wednesday noon there will be memorial services, with the Rev. Dr. Charles L. Slattery as the preacher.
The oldest church in New York, St. Nicholas, at Fifth Avenue and Forty-eighth Street, will have a memorial service to-morrow night, the Rev. Dr. Malcolm James McLeod being the speaker. St. Thomas's Church. Fifth Avenue and Fifty-third Street, will have a memorial sermon to-morrow morning by the Rev. Dr. Ernest M. Stires. The Broadway Tabernacle, which played a great part when President Linclon called for troops at the firing on Fort Sumter, will hold special memorial services.
The Men and Religion Conservation Congress, in session in Carnegie Hall, has made a collection in behalf of immigrants who suffered loss. To that collection other money has been added, and all will be given out through the National Committee of Ninety-seven. Monday evening, when the Secretary of the Interior, representing President Taft, is the speaker, the meeting will be a memorial of all who lost their lives, but special mention will be made of Major Butt and of William T. Stead. Mr. Stead was to have spoken on this occasion. Until yesterday it was thought another speaker of the congress had been lost, but it was learned that he is on the Cedric and safe. He is the Rev. Dr. J. S. Wardell Stafford, fraternal delegate to the Methodist General conference at Minneapolis, sent over by the English Wesleyans. The service will be held, not in Carnegie Hall but in the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.
The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Apr 1912