A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – A Thanksgiving

Day 1, page 1  – first prayer
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. ”

A Thanksgiving

We give thanks to [You], O Lord, for all the many blessings of this life; for health and strength, and for all the wonderful joy of friendships, and the opportunities of service; for the glorious beauty of the world of nature; for the kindness, and tenderness, and the many deeds of love wrought for us by others [through the Holy Spirit].  Help us by our service [in You], and [help us to act in] love to others [as You love us], to repay some debt we owe [to our fellow man], and thus to try and follow in the steps of Him, who came, not to be ministered unto, but to minister, even the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

A. & M. (Index of Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard Edition, 1875- 1924)


160 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty


016 Before the ending of the day


657 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation


706 Stand up, and bless the Lord

S of P Index of Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931


187 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty


460 Bright the vision that delighted


535 Immortal, invisible, God only wise


626 Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat

Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

“Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: with two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭6:2-3‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


From Matthew 20

“Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:25-28‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


“The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21:9‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


From Luke 13

“The Lord answered him, ‘You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?’ When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭13:15-17‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


From Revelation 4

“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all round, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ‘ “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,” who was, and is, and is to come.’”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


Psalms suggested in the text include: 

“LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭118:25-26‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


Psalm 3

“LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭3:1-8‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


Psalm 63

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭63:1-11‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


Psalm 99

“The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name – he is holy. The King is mighty, he loves justice – you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right. Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy. Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the LORD and he answered them. He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them. LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds. Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭99:1-9‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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