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 🙂
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.
Prayer addressed to guardian angel
„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.„
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.„
„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
„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.„
Click on the photo and check out more of my favorite Irish blessings!
Irish blessings for those who travel
„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+
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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It is well known that shortening the Prayer is a legal concession for a traveler, as Allah Almighty says:
And when ye go forth in the land, it is no sin for you to curtail (your) worship if ye fear that those who disbelieve may attack you. (An-Nisaa’ 4: 101)
Breaking the fast of Ramadan is another concession for the traveler. Allah Almighty says:
…And whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. (Al-Baqarah 2: 185)
Moreover, it is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah has relieved the traveler from (the obligatory) fasting (in Ramadan) and half of the Prayers.” (Abu Dawud)
These concessions apply only if all the conditions that make a Muslim worthy of such concessions are applied, as agreed to by Muslim jurists.
Travel may be temporary or permanent. Permanent travel is one of two cases. The first case is that of a person who accompanies his family and all his needs in his travel . The second case is the one who doesn’t accompany his family, but his work requires him to constantly travel, such as the train engineers, pilots and sailors.
A person whose travel is temporary has a legal concession to shorten the Prayer and break the fast of Ramadan. But the one who travels along with his family and their needs is considered a resident of the place he travels to. Thus, he is not allowed to shorten the Prayer or break the fast of Ramadan, unless fasting really endangers his health. If it is so, he can break his fast and make up for the missed days later. Breaking the fast of Ramadan may sometimes be obligatory if fasting leads one to ruin.
Al-Athram said: I heard Abu `Abdullah Ahmad ibn Hanbal being asked whether a sailor is allowed to shorten the Prayer and break the fast of Ramadan when he is on board the ship. He answered: “If the ship is his home, then he is to perform all the rak`ahs (units) of the Prayer without shortening, and fast in Ramadan.” He was asked: “How can the ship be his home?” He answered: “That is he has no other residence, and he and his family live on it.” `Ata’ also has the same opinion. (Al-Mughni by ibn Qudamah)
It is not permissible for a person who travels constantly to break the fast of Ramadan, for this means abandoning the obligatory fasting of Ramadan completely. However, the one who travels a lot alone, due to his job requirements, is permitted to shorten the Prayer and break the fast of Ramadan. This is because such a man necessarily spends some days at home. Hence, he can make up for the broken fast days of Ramadan. (Sharh Ash-Sharqawi `ala At-Tahrir)
The Hanafi scholars maintain that shortening the Prayer in this case is the original rule, and whoever performs prayers fully has no right to combine them.