Travel Prayers

Rest During the Flight in Egypt, Gentile da Fabriano, 1423

Rest During the Flight in Egypt, Gentile da Fabriano, 1423


To God Almighty

 

1

In the name of God I go on this journey. May God the Father be with me, God the Son protect me, and God the Holy Ghost be by my side. Amen.

 

2

O Almighty and merciful God, who hast commissioned 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 fall and bruises, and finally, having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

3

Lord, be our guide and our protector on the journey we are about to take. Watch over us. Protect us from accidents. Keep us free from harm to body and soul. Lord, support us with Your grace when we are tired. Help us be patient in any trouble which may come our way. Keep us always mindful of Your presence and love. Amen.

 

4

O God, Who did cause the children of Israel to 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.


The Flight into Egypt,  Vittore Carpaccio, c.1515

The Flight into Egypt,  Vittore Carpaccio, c.1515


To the Virgin Mary

 

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Blessed Mary - Queen of Angels 

Protect us on our journey
for all your ways are beautiful
and all your paths are peace.
Amen.

 

6

You are the star of ocean - Pilot us at sea

You are the star of earth - Guide us on the shore
You are the star of night - Enlighten us in darkness
You are the sun of day - Encompass us on land
You are the star of angels - Watch over us on earth
You are the star of paradise - Companion us to Heaven


To Almighty God, and St Raphael the Archangel

 

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O God, you sent the blessed Archangel Raphael to accompany your servant Tobias on his journey.  Grant that we, your servants, may also be guarded by him always and strengthened by his assistance.  We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

 

8

May the almighty and merciful God direct us in the way of peace and prosperity; and may the Angel Raphael accompany us in our journey, that we may return to our home with joy, in peace, safety and good health. Give ear, O Lord, to our supplications, and favourably direct your servants in the way of your salvation; that amidst all the changes of this our life and pilgrimage, we may ever be protected by your help. Amen.

V. Let us go forth in peace. 

R. In the name of the Lord.

 

To Saint Raphael the Archangel

 

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Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners. I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God," I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favour of (here name your favour), and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. 
Amen. 

 

To Our Guardian Angel

 

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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 my family in good health. Do thou guard, guide and preserve us. Amen.


Tobias and the Angel, Titian, c. 1543
Tobias and the Angel, Titian, c. 1543



Jesus our Master, Walk with us on the Road


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Jesus our Master,

walk with us on the road

as we yearn to reach the heavenly country,

so that following your light,

we may stay on the way of righteousness

and never wander in the horrible darkness of this world’s night

while you, the way, the truth, and the life,

are shining within us.

 

Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis, Fresco (Scene 7, South Wall) Apsidal Chapel, San Francisco, Montefalco, 1452

Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis, Fresco (Scene 7, South Wall) Apsidal Chapel, San Francisco, Montefalco, 1452


Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Immaculata Regina Pacis, ora pro nobis.