Day 6, page 31 – first prayer
JESUS, THE CHRIST
[You] are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
A. & M. (Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950)
S of P Index of Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931
599. O Happy Band of Pilgrims
O God, Whose ways are hidden, and [Whose] works most wonderful, Who makes nothin in vain, and loves all [You have] made, we humbly thank [You] for [Your] abounding Love and Power as we see it in our hospital; for the skill of hand and eye inspired by [Your] Divine Wisdom; for the devotion and sympathy inspired by [Your] Divine Love; and for all the work of healing which manifests forth [Your] Power continually. For these and all [Your] mercies to us, we pour forth our thankfulness, in the name of the great Master Healer of mankind, even [Your] Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Suggested Old and New Testament Reading:
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’”
Matt. 1:21 NIVUK
“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”
Psalm 1:1-6 NIVUK
“LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose way of life is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbour, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honours those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.”
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 Hospitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.