PRAYER: Prayers For The Journey (Celtic)

Prayers For The Journey (Celtic)

The whole idea of the journey is basic to humanity.  I think of the universality of the image of the quest, the myths of the odyssey or the search for the Holy Grail, the many stories of wandering and exodus.  The monastic life has always been that of continual conversion, moving on, the never-ending transformation of the old into the new.
—    Esther de Waal, The Celtic Way of Prayer

The path I walk, Christ walks it

Saint Columba

The path I walk, Christ walks it. May the land in
which I am be without sorrow.
May the Trinity protect me wherever I stay, Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit.
Bright angels walk with me — dear presence — in every
dealing.
In every dealing I pray them that no one’s poison
may reach me.
The ninefold people of heaven of holy cloud, the
tenth force of the stone earth.
Favorable company, they come with me, so that the
Lord may not be angry with me.
May I arrive at every place, may I return home; may
the way in which I spend be a way without loss.
May every path before me be smooth, man, woman
and child welcome me.
A truly good journey! Well does the fair Lord show
us a course, a path.

The Gospel of the God of Life

Ann Mackinnon

The Gospel of the God of Life
To shelter thee, to aid thee;
Yea, the Gospel of the beloved Christ
The holy Gospel of the Lord;

To keep thee from all malice,
From every dole and dolor;
To keep thee from all spite,
From evil eye and anguish.

Thou shalt travel thither, thou shalt travel hither,
Thou shalt travel hill and headland,
Thou salt travel down, thou shalt travel up,
Thou salt travel ocean and narrow.

Christ Himself is shepherd over thee,
Enfolding thee on every side;
He will not forsake thee hand or foot
Nor let evil come anigh thee.

From a Mother to her Children

The joy of God in thy face,
Joy to all who see thee,
The circle of God around thy neck,
Angels of God shielding thee,
Angels of God shielding thee.
Joy of night and day be thine,
Joy of sun and moon be thine,
Joy of men and women be thine,
Each land and sea thou goest,
Each land and sea thou goest.

Be every season happy for thee,
Be every season bright for thee,
Be every season glad for thee,
And the Son of Mary Virgin at peace with thee,
The Son of Mary Virgin at peace with thee.
Be thine the compassing of the God of life,
Be thine the compassing of the Christ of love,
Be thine the compassing of the Spirit of Grace,
To befriend thee and to aid thee,
Thou beloved one of my heart.

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