The shock wave of grief that circle the planet brought people togther to assemble within churches from around the world after hearing about the Empress of Ireland horrifying disaster which killed 1,012 passenger and crew in the St. Lawrence River on May 29th, 1914. Below are some of the hyms that were sung during these sorrowful times of loss at many of the Church Services, to help those who had lost someone. Listening to the music below is like going back in time and feeling what the families of survivors must have felt during these sevices.

























Anthem, "The Appeal of the Crucified" by John Stainer


CHRIST CHURCH (Congregational). REV. SIDNEY J. BAKER. 1--'"The Promise and Unity of Life." 7--'"The Empress of Ireland and the Tragic Dates of Life." Anthem, "The Appeal of the Crucified" (Stainer).
























Solo, "Come Unto Me" (Coenen), Miss . Barclay.


In Australia the Baptist Tabernacle, Cimitiere Street, Preacher, Rev Horace H. Jeffs, Morning, "Hidden Human Hands;" afternoon. Bible Circle; evening . 'The Wreck of the Empress of Ireland."


























W.M. BARKEL, Conductor


The above band had render a choice Programme of Music, which included "The Dead March" in "Saul," as a tribute to the memory of those that perished in the wreck of the steamer Empress of Ireland. This was held at the Federal Park, on Sunday afternoon; June 14, 1914 at 3.15 o'clock. .


Source: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner Advocate, Saturday June 13th, 1914

The 'Dead March' from Handel's "Saul" is heard here in a dramatic orchestration by Leopold Stokowski, played by the BBC Philharmonic under Matthias Bamert.

Come unto me by Mary Kay Beall

The nineteenth part of the Sir John Stainer's The Crucifixion which is 'The Appeal of the Crucified'.Sung by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge




















Megantic 1909 - 1933


As the White Star liner Megantic passed over the spot where the collision between the Empress of Ireland and the Storstad occurred.

























The 772 passengers and crew of the Megantic was led by the orchestra aboard the vessel and sang "Abide With We."

Memorial Services In Music