Saint Nicholas Wayfarers Church

Wayfarer’s Prayers

Take a blessing and a prayer to sustain you on your journey.
You are a traveller. The Lord Jesus Christ be near to defend you, before you to guide you, behind you to justify you, above you to bless you: who liveth and reigneth with the Father and Holy Spirit, God for evermore.
10th Century.
May the right hand of the Lord keep us ever in old age, the grace of Christ continually defend us from the enemy. O Lord, direct our hearts in the way of peace: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From the prayer book of Bishop Aedelwald, 8th Century.
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face May the rains fall softly upon your fields. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Old Gaelic blessing.
May Our Lady and all the Saints pray for you as you go and may the Holy Guardian Angels watch over you and keep you in their safe protection, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit descend upon you and remain with you always.
Fr Anthony De Vere.
Dear Jesus, as a hen covers her chicks with her wings to keep them safe, do thou this dark night protect us under your golden wings.

Prayer from India.

May the cross of the Son of God, who is mightier and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with you in your going forth and coming back. By day and night, at morning and at evening, at all times and in all places, may it protect and defend you. May it guard you as you journey to your destination.

The Christ Arakana, Church of India.

From the road’s twists and turns, From the blinding of dazzling lights. From fog, mist, cloud and driving rain. From careless drivers, speeding lorries and salesmen behind their schedules. O Lord, defend and protect us.

John Gilman

Unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Number 6: 24-26.

I am travelling today Lord. So far I have forgotten to ask for your blessing. Bless me now O Lord as I drive across the country, through dangers imagined and dangers never thought of that I might arrive safely at my journey’s end.

John Gilman

Be my unseen companion as I travel Lord ad my your care overrule my carelessness, your vision correct my errors and your hand be ever on the wheel. Amen.

John Gilman