Friday, June 12, 2015

Prayer for Travelers (Itinerarium)

The following prayer is an adaption of the Itinerarium, the prayer said by clerics to invoke God's protection before beginning a journey.  The faithful who are about to travel may use this form to pray for God's blessings on their journeys.  

"Along the ways of peace and prosperity may the almighty and merciful Lord lead us, and may the Angel Raphael accompany us on the journey.  So may we in peace, health, and joy return unto our own.

Let us pray.

O God, who didst lead the sons of Israel through the sea over a dry path, and dist reveal the way to the three Magi by the guidance of a star; vouchsafe to grant us a happy journey and a peaceful time, that accompanied by Thy angel we may safely reach our present destination, and come finally to the haven of eternal salvation.

O God, who didst lead Thy servant, Abraham, out of Ur of the Chaldeans, safeguarding him on all his wanderings - guide us Thy servants, we implore Thee.  Be Thou unto us support in battle, refuge in journeying, shade in the heat, covering in the rain and cold, a carriage in tiredness, protection in adversity, a staff in insecurity, a harbor in shipwreck; so that under Thy leadership we may successfully reach our destination, and finally return safe to our homes.  

Give ear, we pray Thee, Lord, to our entreaties!  And direct the steps of Thy servants on the paths of righteousness, that in all the vicissitudes of the journey and of life, we may have Thee as our constant protector.

Grant, O almighty God, that Thy children march forth on a successful journey; and heeding the exhortation of Blessed John, the Precursor, let them come safely to Him whom John foretold, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.


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