Winter 2017 Memorial Service and Exhibition-The Great War “The Halifax Explosion”

The Red Cross flag hang­ing out­side the doors of the Parish Hall on Argyle Street announced: Help is Avail­able Here. Injured, griev­ing peo­ple shel­tered inside the church while the Parish Hall received cots, bed­ding, med­ical sup­plies, cloth­ing, food, and a large stove. Doc­tors and nurs­es arrived to staff St. Paul’s Emer­gency Hos­pi­tal. A hun­dred parish­ioners vol­un­teered to assist in the hos­pi­tal and in dis­trict vis­it­ing, dis­cov­er­ing the needs of fam­i­lies unable to leave their ruined hous­es. A mes­sage cen­tre helped anx­ious rel­a­tives locate miss­ing fam­i­ly. Over 350 home­less were cared for in the Parish Hall overnight dur­ing the first month, and more peo­ple found shel­ter from that night’s bliz­zard in the Mis­sion Hall on Albe­mar­le Street. The new stove not only gave wel­come heat in a build­ing which had, before the Explo­sion, a large sky­light in its roof, it pro­vid­ed until the end of Feb­ru­ary 1918 thou­sands of meals pre­pared by Mrs. Eli­nor Armitage and her team of parishioner/cooks. St. Paul’s was the only church in the affect­ed area able to hold ser­vices on the Sun­day fol­low­ing the dis­as­ter. St. George’s, St. Mark’s, St. Matthias’, Trin­i­ty and All Saints Cathe­dral con­gre­ga­tions came to wor­ship here while their dam­aged church­es were repaired. Archdea­con Armitage not­ed in his Ser­vice Reg­is­ter: “The Funer­als in con­nec­tion with all the Protes­tant church­es in Hal­i­fax were held in St. Paul’s for many days after the Explo­sion by Min­is­ters of all denom­i­na­tions.” He offi­ci­at­ed at 24 funer­als in the first week, and as remains were found and iden­ti­fied, more funer­als fol­lowed in the win­ter of 1918. It is dif­fi­cult to know the effect of the Explo­sion on the old­est build­ing in Hal­i­fax. Two stained glass win­dows on the main lev­el were destroyed, and win­dows in the Gallery. Memo­ri­als on the walls crashed to the floor, doors were blown off their hinges, and one source states there was a wide crack in the roof. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the “recon­struc­tion” files on the church were dis­card­ed by the Hal­i­fax Relief Com­mis­sion in 1972. An asses­sor who came to sur­vey the church in 1918 remarked that he had nev­er ever viewed a struc­ture so strong­ly built. Thanks to those car­pen­ters of the sum­mer of 1750!

Com­pan­ion pan­els for the Hal­i­fax Explo­sion 100th anniver­sary event

The Funer­al List THE ST. PAUL’S CHURCH PARISH MAGAZINE Vol. XXXIII Hal­i­fax, NS, Decem­ber 1917 No. 12

17,084 Dec. 1st Lin Chee Nei 35 yrs.

5 Han­nah Ster­ling 85

6 5th Annie Pauline Pur­cell 3 ó

7 9th Rose Sarah Brown 51

8 10th Arthur James Ben­nett 34

9 Ella New­land 23

90 Win­nifred Edith West­ville 2

1 11th Ellen Sta­ple­ton 61

2 Clif­ford House­man 49

3 Win­nifred House­man 49

4 Har­ry Shaw 16

5 Nel­lie Shaw 6 mos.

6 Mar­tin Marks 57 yrs.

7 Lancelot John Bland 58

8 Agnes McDon­ald

9 _____ West­haver

100 Stel­la Eve­lyn Zwick­er 35

1 Gor­don Zwick­er 11

2 Mary Min­nie Zwick­er 26

3 Annie Cochran

4 Angus Clat­ten­berg 51

5 Emi­ly Dunn 56

6 Alice Ire­land 37

7 Wm. Samuel John Ire­land

8 Richard Ire­land 4

9 Alice Marie Ire­land 7

10 Mabel Ire­land

1 Jessie Eagar 86

2 Ada Mil­som 35

3 13th Levi West 30

4 Archibald Rod­way 27

5 Bertha Smith 39

6 Grace Louise Smith 18

7 Grif­fith Ran­der­son 5 ó

8 Wm. Tur­ton Ran­der­son 7

9 James Wal­lace Robin­son 54

20 Emi­ly Robin­son 24

1 Dorothy E. F. Robin­son 2

2 Ray­mond Wal­lace Robin­son 4

3 John Hills 32

4 Catharine Tay­lor

17,125 Dec.13th Hen­ry Turn­er William 62 yrs.

6 Doris Saun­ders 21 mos.

7 Frank Saun­ders 4 ó yrs.

8 Agnes Saun­ders 24

9 Bessie Was­son 48

30 Ade­laide Ward 20

1 Cherte­na Edwards 69

2 14th Sarah Don­nel­ly 24

3 May Don­nel­ly 4

4 Ethel Don­nel­ly 2

5 Un-named child

6 Annie Eisan

7 William Live­ley 48

8 15th Hele­na Mary Davis 40

9 Annie Tay­lor

40 Ber­nice Tay­lor 16

1 Joseph Wier 38

2 Eliz­a­beth Allen 70

3 John Robert Allen 32

4 Georgina McPhee 27

5 Bur­ton McPhee 25

6 Mabel Cochran 26

7 Dorothy Cochran 10 mos.

8 16th John Reuben Howard 11 yrs.

9 Charles Hartlen 73

50 Ralph Howard Lat­ter 18

1 John Alfred Ben­dell 21

2 George Andrew Quirk 41

3 Frank Bur­ford 54

4 Thomas Bur­ford 14

5 17th Vin­cent 24

91 35 Uniden­ti­fied dead

2 William Christo­pher 35

3 Leslie Ward Horne 12

4 20th Fred­er­ick Charles Stacey 44

5 Mary Agnes Stacey 42

6 Frances Vic­to­ria Stacey 18

7 Fred­er­ick Lath­am

8 21st Cora Eve­lyn Mox­om 24

9 Richard William Mox­om 4 ó

200 Albert Charles Mox­om 3 ó

1 Fred Gor­don Mox­om 18 mos.

2 Ruby Eve­lyn Mox­om 8 mos.

3 22nd Susie Shaw

4 Roy Wambolt

5 24th Eva Ellen Miller 41 yrs.

6 Isabel­la Churchill 64

7 Albert Edward Prince of Wales Goodall 25

8 Mabel Cochran 25

9 Dorothy Cochran 10 mos.

10 Dorothy Gree­nough 16 yrs.

1 25th Alfred Peter­son 23

Those added from 1918 January/February

edi­tion of St. Paul’s Church Parish Mag­a­zine.

James McKen­zie Bay­ers 42 yrs. father of twelve

William Charles Beuree 3 yrs.

Hazel May Beuree 9 yrs.

Min­nie Maude Beuree 32 yrs.

Mrs. Mabel Wright 25 yrs.

Samuel Ray­mond Reid 2 yrs. Hfx. Protes­tant Orphan­age

Carey Harold Ross 25 yrs. last seen on Wasp

Mar­jorie Carey Ross 4mos.

Gor­don Breen 22 yrs. HMCS Niobe

James Irv­ing Breen 24 yrs. HMCS Musquash

John Edward Fleet 32 yrs.

William George Gilbert 4 yrs.

Asa Howard Myers 30 yrs.

Joseph Nixon 42 yrs.

James Hen­ry Shears

Com­pan­ion pan­els for the Hal­i­fax Explo­sion 100th anniver­sary event — The Lost Memo­r­i­al” —  Wednes­day, Decem­ber 6, 7:00 pm.

St. Paul’s church was one of the few Hal­i­fax church­es to ful­ly with­stand the Hal­i­fax explo­sion — and records sug­gest it may have been the only church able to orga­nize a ser­vice the next day. While the spe­cif­ic events of that ser­vice are a mys­tery — its was sure­ly a somber affair — with church pews sur­round­ed by coffins — with more than 300 church fam­i­lies dead, dis­placed or injured — and with the church hall trans­formed into a makeshift hos­pi­tal and relief sta­tion. In the “Lost Memo­r­i­al” we re-cre­ate what words might have been spo­ken in this trag­ic set­ting. What songs would have been sung? What might the church have looked like? Most impor­tant — where did the peo­ple of Hal­i­fax even begin to look for hope?

Fea­tur­ing: Fea­tur­ing: David Chris­tensen, Karis Tees (and the St. Paul’s Junior Choir), El Jones, Ben Stone, Ian Bent (St. Paul’s Musi­cian in Res­i­dence), the St. Paul’s Senior Choir, and oth­er spe­cial guests.’

The Lost Memo­r­i­al” — writ­ten and pro­duced by Andrew Killawee

I: HALIFAX, 1917
Hymn: O God our help in ages past — 379
Choir: Bur­ial Sen­tences (Croft)
Choirs: Lay me low (Trad. Arr. K. Siegried)
Lay me low, lay me low, lay me low,
Where the Lord can find me,
Where the Lord can hold me,
where the Lord can bless me.
Choir: Ubi Car­i­tas (Duru­fle)
“Where char­i­ty and love are, God is there. Christ’s love has gath­ered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him. Let us fear, and let us love the liv­ing God.
And may we love each oth­er with a sin­cere heart.”
“And all was Still” (orig­i­nal com­mis­sion by com­pos­er David Chris­tensen)

(Fran­cis Mack­ey was the har­bor pilot who was at the helm of the “Mont Blanc” at the
time of the explo­sion, and con­tem­po­rary accounts indi­cate he was unfair­ly blamed
for the dis­as­ter. This piece is based on a poem that Mack­ey report­ed­ly knew by
mem­o­ry — it’s text, haunt­ing — “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Tay­lor
The boat came clos­er to the ship, but I nor spake nor stirred;
The boat came close beneath the ship, and straight a sound was heard.
Under the water it rum­bled on, still loud­er and more dread:
It reached the ship, it split the bay; the ship went down like lead.
Stunned by that loud and dread­ful sound, which sky and ocean smote,
Like one that hath been sev­en days drowned, my body lay afloat;
But swift as dreams, myself I found, with­in the Pilot’s boat.
Upon the whirl, where sank the ship, the boat spun round and round;
And all was still, save that the hill, was telling of the sound.

-West End
-Tuft’s Cove
Choir: Jus­to­rum Ani­mae (Byrd)
“The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the tor­ment of death shall not touch
them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die; but they are in peace.”
Hymn: Eter­nal Father strong to save — 301
(Light Can­dles)
Hymn: Abide with Me — 16
Postlude: Dead March from Saul — Han­del

The Lost Memo­r­i­al” — writ­ten and pro­duced by Andrew Killawee
Sam­my Prince — Ben Stone
Nar­ra­tor: John Killawee
Read­ers: Adriel Dri­ver, El Jones, Alan Syli­boy
Adriel Dri­ver — Vio­lin (Pro­ces­sion)
Anna Wed­lock — Vio­lin
Car­rie VanSlyke — Vio­la
John Spearns — Cel­lo
Sam­my the Prince (Leonard Hat­field)
In my Time (Thomas H. Rad­dall)
Shat­tered City (Janet Kitz)
Decem­ber, 1917, Revis­it­ing the Hal­i­fax Explo­sion (Janet Kitz and Joan Payzant)
The Hal­i­fax Explo­sion (Joyce Glas­ner)
The Church of St. Paul (Regi­nald V. Har­ris)
Spe­cial Thanks:
David Chris­tensen
Gail Fulop
Peter Greechan
Derek Houn­sell
Ted Lapierre
Jamie MacLel­lan
Ian McK­in­non
Lukas Pearse
Jagadeesh Samuel
Karis Tees and the St. Paul’s Junior Choir
The War­dens of St. Paul’s
The Rec­tor — Dr. Paul Friesen

Extra spe­cial thanks to Tin­ker McK­ay and Mike Vavra for pro­duc­ing his­tor­i­cal
dis­plays and aid­ing in locat­ing source mate­ri­als, as well as design and pro­mo­tion.