|Description: A 16-page booklet of church songs and Bible readings. The cover is a light clay-coated (outside only) paper, printed in red and black ink. The main design is a wreath of reverse-printed black maple leaves on an easel whose uprights are banner poles. The wreath centre is an image of a dark-haired young man (a young Jesus Christ?) looking up and to the proper left. In the upper corners there are large black maple leaves: the proper right has a reverse printed 'A' for Alpha and the proper left has a reverse printed Greek 'O' for Omega (meaning the beginning and the end). At the top centre there is a crown with radiations. The inside cover has instructions for collecting the special offering. The back cover has a portrait of King George V, and the words to the National Anthem: 'God Save the King'. The booklet includes 12 songs and 7 Bible readings, plus 3 addresses and 1 recitation.
History: The booklet provides an order of service for the Sunday School Rally Day of the Methodist Church Canada, September 24, 1916. The purpose is the annual offering that funds the operations of the General Sunday School Board. The booklet is also a promotion for the recently published 'The New Canadian Hymnal' which was published in 1916 by William Briggs.
William Briggs (b. Banbridge, Ireland, 1836, d. Port Credit, Ont., 1922), directed the trade-publishing operation of the Methodist Book and Publishing House (later Ryerson Press), Toronto. He was a clergyman who served 1879-1919 as book steward of the Methodist Book and Publishing House. Briggs' musical copyrights - some 40 pieces of sheet music and 10 volumes - date from the years between 1883 and the turn of the century and are all religious. The volumes include: 'Revival Hymns' (1889), 'Gospel Tent Hymns' (1889), 'The Canadian Hymnal' (1889), the 'Methodist Hymn and Tune Book' (1894), 'The New Canadian Hymnal' (1916) and Canadian editions of E.O. Excell's 'Triumphant Songs' (various dates). In its field, Briggs' production was among the largest and highest-ranking in Canada. REF: www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.