A traveling prayer

I often wondered if there’s a prayer suitable for setting off for a journey or adventure. As I am not English native speaker, I pray in my mother tongue, but people from all over the world travel for ages and it seems that our fears remain the same.

What you can find below is a compilation of a few prayers I found online. You can pray by saying one (or more) of them, or combine favorite parts of different prayers into your own, personal one, as I do. Everything is up to you  🙂

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Simple prayers for a safe journey

(simple, straight from the heart, easy to remember – I like them most)

„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.„

„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.„


Prayer addressed to 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 all at home in good health. Do thou guard, guide, and preserve us. Amen.”

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Roman Catholic Prayer+

„O Almighty and merciful God, who has commissioned your angels to guide and protect us, may they be our companions from our setting out until our return. Clothe us with their invisible protection; keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of falling; and finally,having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

Orthodox Christian Prayer+

„Be mindful, O Lord, of those who travel by land, by sea, and by air; of the old and young, the sick, the suffering, the sorrowing, the afflicted, the captives, the needy and the poor; and upon them all send forth Thy mercies, for Thou art the Giver of all good things. Amen.”

Anglican Prayer+

„O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”


Jewish Wayfarer’s Prayer
(Tefilat HaDerech)+

„May it be Your will, o Lord, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests.
Blessed are You, our Lord, Who hears prayer. Amen.”

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 Irish blessings for those who travel
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„May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

„May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.”

„May the Saints protect you
And bless you today
And may troubles ignore you
Each step of the way.”

„God be on your road every way you go.”

Prayers for someone else’s safe travel+

„Dear God,
I’m praying for the safe travel of (…), please guide & protect her/him that she/he may reach her/his destination safe. I’m praying also for the pilot of the plane – give him the presence of mind that he may able to do his duty and responsibilities for their safety as they travel. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

„May God in heaven protect you on the way to and may His angel accompany you.”

 Travel with God,

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If you like these prayers, why not to share it with your friends?

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May the trail rise up to meet you

May your heart rejoice in song

May the skies be fair above you

As you journey ever on

Ever on, Ever on

Ever on, Ever on

In this planetary circle

We are but a single stone

Spinning on our fragile axis

Through the endless night alone

Ever on, Ever on

Ever on, Ever on

May your love be there to guide us

May it always keep us strong

May we walk within your footsteps

As you lead us ever on

Ever on, Ever on

Ever on, Ever on

Ever on, Ever on

Ever on, Ever on

Перевод

Может расти след навстречу вам

Может ваше сердце радуется песне

Может небеса быть справедливым над вами

Как вы путешествие когда-либо на

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В этой планетарной круга

Мы но один камень

Спиннинг на наш хрупкий ось

Через Только в бесконечной ночи

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Может ваша любовь будет там , чтобы вести нас

Пусть это всегда держать нас сильными

Можем ли мы идти в пределах вашим стопам

Как вы привести нас когда-либо на

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Lord forgive him for his rough and rowdy ways.

Lord he knows not what he’s done today.

Forgive him for not finding Your love sooner and all he did.

Lord please shed that devil from his shoulder and love him rid.

Lord I ask You to forgive him for this life we’ve all come to live on the road.

We have learned we need You today and forever to pull these heavy loads.

We’ve all gone astray more times than we should.

I know there was a lot of times he’s started to walk away but never could.

Lord forgive him for all the wicked women he’s loved one night at a time.

I know they didn’t have his heart but I promise you he had mine.

I ask You to forgive those worn out boots for walking him down the wrong paths.

And Lord, he will always find his way home as You look down with Your wrath.

We love you today and for always Lord as You call us up to Your living arms one year.

And I know there is but one thing in this life we should all fear.

All men bleed the same and we are all created equal.

Some of us forget that sometimes Lord and make parts of this world a little evil.

But Lord we say this prayer and all others in Your heavenly and precious name.

And we give all the glory to You oh God and we worship in all Your fame.

Thank you for today and always Lord as we ask You to watch over the ones we love.

And forgiving us Lord, and for that I really can’t thank You enough.

I appreciate You for taking his soul and mine alike and for our old hearts that you came in.

And Lord as always we say this prayer in Your precious name, Amen.

Cover Image Credit: C. Fields

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יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְפָנֶיךָ יְ-יָ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ וֵא-לֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ. שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַצְעִידֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַדְרִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתִסְמְכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַגִּיעֵנוּ לִמְחוֹז חֶפְצֵנוּ לְחַיִּים וּלְשִׂמְחָה וּלְשָׁלוֹם. (ואם דעתו לחזור מיד אומר: וְתַחֲזִירֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם). וְתַצִילֵנוּ מִכַּף כָּל-אוֹיֵב וְאוֹרֵב וְלִסְטִים וְחַיּוֹת רָעוֹת בַּדֶּרֶך. וּמִכָּל פֻּרְעָנִיּוֹת הַמִּתְרַגְּשׁוֹת וּבָאוֹת לָעוֹלָם. וְתִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה בְּכָל מַעֲשֵׂה יָדֵינוּ. וְתִתְּנֵנִיּ (בל’ יחיד) לְחֵן וּלְחֶסֶד וּלְרַחֲמִים בְּעֵינֶיךָ וּבְעֵינֵי כָל רוֹאֵינוּ. וְתִגְמְלֵנוּ חֲסָדִים טוֹבִים. וְתִשְׁמַע קוֹל תְּפִלָּתֵינוּ. כִּי אַתָּה שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלַת כָּל פֶּה: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ-יָ שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָה:

Translation:

May it be Your will, G‑d, our G‑d and the G‑d of our fathers, that You should lead us in peace and direct our steps in peace, and guide us in peace, and support us in peace, and cause us to reach our destination in life, joy, and peace (If one intends to return immediately, one adds: and return us in peace). Save us from every enemy and ambush, from robbers and wild beasts on the trip, and from all kinds of punishments that rage and come to the world. May You confer blessing upon the work of our hands and grant me grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us, and bestow upon us abundant kindness and hearken to the voice of our prayer, for You hear the prayers of all. Blessed are You G‑d, who hearkens to prayer.

Transliteration:

Yehi ratzon milefanecha Ado-nai Eloh-einu veilohei avoseinu shetolicheinu leshalom vesatzideinu leshalom vesadricheinu leshalom vesismecheinu leshalom vesagi’einu limechoz cheftzeinu lechaim ulesimchah uleshalom (If he intends to return immediately, he adds: vesachazireinu leshalom) vesatzileinu mikaf kol oyeiv ve’oreiv velistim vechayos ra’os baderech umikol puraniyos hamisragshos uva’os le’olam vesishlach berachah bechol ma’aseh yadeinu vesitneini lechein ulechesed ulerachamim be’einecha uveinei chol ro’einu vesigmeleinu chasadim tovim vesishma kol tefilaseinu ki Atah shomei’ah tefilas kol peh. Baruch Atah Ado-nai shomei’ah tefilah.

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