First, John would recite in full measure--- from beginning to end--- this passage found within Paul's Letter to the Corinthians:---
This--- from one who himself was an admitted persecutor of the early Christians and the only Apostle who never saw Jesus in his lifetime--- when, on the Road to Damascus in 36 AD, Jesus reveals himself to Paul "in a blinding light", confronting him with but a single question, "Why doest thou persecute me?" --- a question that we too might well ask of ourselves, if only in a slightly different way, 'Why doest thou deny me?'
And from that defining moment on, Paul became --- as he would later describe himself in all humility --- "the least of the Apostles", devoting the remainder of his life to teaching gentiles everywhere --- those who, like he, were of non-Jewish heritage --- that absolution of sin and life everlasting can be ours by faith and grace through a personal commitment to and belief in Jesus Christ. The very magnitude of Paul's own transgressions, i.e. his earlier attempts to completely eradicate Christianity from the face of the earth, indicate that for the sinners we all are, each and every one of us may also be forgiven, no matter how terrible our sins might be:---
And then John would add this brief passage found within the Lord's Prayer from 'The Sermon on the Mount':---
"...and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us,
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, Forever. Amen."
---adapted from 'The Lord's Prayer' (Mathew 6:9-13)
Having read from The Holy Scripture, John would ask for the Lord's Blessing upon his readings, and he would close each 'daily devotional' by leading
'all who would come' in a full recitation of "The Lord's Prayer"--- which would then be followed by the singing of John's and Emily's favorite hymn ---
"Just as I am"
--- a hymn which soon came to be known 'by all who would come.' And it was in their singing that would mark another ending to yet another day for
'This Band of Brothers...These Men of Libby.'
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Music by Michael Kamin
"Band of Brothers" from the soundtrack of
the 10-episode HBO mini-series by the
same name of a few years back (2002)