It was 100 years ago this morning that the great ocean liner RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. Over 1500 souls perished from this life in the icy, dark waters of the north Atlantic, including among them many of the great and famous of the age and far more that remain completely nameless. The latter group were make their way to the new world for a new start, traveling in steerage, and they perished in large numbers.
The original design of the ship called for 64 life boats, but this was quickly cut in half to 32. Later, this figure was cut in half again, down to 16 as being sufficient along with 4 inflatable life boats. This for a ship with well over 2200 souls on board!
The chief designer of the ship was on board for the maiden voyage, to check out any small bugs that might develop. When notified what had happened, he was asked, “how long do we have?” After some brief calculations, he replied, “an hour and a half, two at most.” He was remarkably close as the ship disappeared from the sea surface about two hours later.
In that short time, many people had to make their peace with God who they would soon see face to face. It behooves us to remember them, to recall that great calamities strike in our day as well, and that they too were children of God, in need of our prayers to this day. Let us pray for the repose of the souls of all those who perished with the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago this morning!
Let us pray:
O God the Father, Creator of the ocean depths and to whom alone they are truly known, receive the souls of all those who went down with Titanic, we pray, O Father, in frightened and unprepared deaths by drowning in the dark, icy waters of the sea. Release them from their final terrors and receive them into the loving arms of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we pray that they may abide with Him until the Last Day. Have mercy upon all of these souls we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. Amen.