Prayer for Travelers

"The breviary [in 1908] contains Prayers for travelers that have received the consecration of the Church and of centuries -- the "Itinerary," which priests seldom fail to recite for themselves and their companions as often as they begin a journey. As it may seem rather long for general use, we give an abridgment for the use of those who may wish to know, and learn it.

May the almighty and merciful Lord direct us on our journey; may He make it prosper and maintain us in peace. May the Archangel Raphael accompany us along the way and may we return to our homes in peace, joy, and health.

Lord, have mercy on us! Jesus Christ, have mercy on us! Lord, have mercy on us!


O God, Who did cause the children of Israel traverse the Red Sea dryshod; Thou Who did point out by a star to the Magi the road that led them to Thee; grant us we beseech Thee, a prosperous journey and propitious weather; so that, under the guidance of Thy holy angels we may safely reach that journey's end, and later the haven of eternal salvation.

Hear, O Lord, the prayers of Thy servants. Bless their journeyings. Thou Who art everywhere present, shower everywhere upon them the effects of Thy mercy; so that, insured by Thy protection against all dangers, they may return to offer Thee their thanksgiving. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Those who have a special confidence in St. Joseph may make use of the following prayer...

O Blessed St. Joseph, who did accompany Jesus and Mary in all their journeys, and who has therefore merited to be called the patron of all travelers, accompany us in this journey that we are about to undertake. Be our guide and our protector; watch over us; preserve us from all accidents and dangers to soul and body; support us in our fatigue, and aid us to sanctify it by offering it to God. Make us ever mindful that we are strangers, sojourners here below; that heaven is our true home; and help us to persevere on the straight road that leads there. We beseech thee especially to protect and aid us the last great voyage from time to eternity, so that, under thy guidance we may reach the realm of happiness and glory, there to repose eternally with thee in the company of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

Still another prayer for travelers, asking ... for the protection of the guardian angels...

Almighty and merciful God, Who has commissioned O Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return; to clothe us with their invisible protection; to keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of falls and bruises; and finally, having preserved us from of all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Another ...

MY HOLY angel guardian, ask the Lord to bless the journey which I undertake, that it may profit the health of my soul and body; that I may reach its end; and that, returning safe and sound, I may find all at home in good health [and my home kept safe]. Do thou guard, guide, and preserve us. Amen.

The following couplet was a favorite [prayer] of Columbus:

Jesus and Mary, we pray,
Be with us ever on our way.

Text is from
F.X.Lasance, My Prayer Book, Benziger Brothers (1908) pp. 610-12.
"The Flight into Egypt" by Rembrandt is found in Rembrandt, Des Meisters Radierungen in 402 Abbildungen, Herausgegeben von Hans Wolfgang Singer, 1906.

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