PRAYER: A Pilgrim’s Plea attributed to Saint Brendan

A Pilgrim's Plea attributed to Saint Brendan

Shall I abandon, O King of mysteries, the soft comforts of home?
Shall I turn my back on my native land, and my face towards the sea?
Shall I put myself wholly at your mercy, without silver, without a horse, without fame and honor?
Shall I throw myself wholly on you, without sword and shield, without food and drink, without a bed to lie on?
Shall I say farewell to my beautiful land, placing myself under your yoke?
Shall I pour out my heart to you, confessing my manifold sins and begging forgiveness, tears streaming down my cheeks?
Shall I leave the prints of my knees on the sandy beach, a record of my final prayer in my native land?
Shall I then suffer every kind of wound that the sea can inflict?
Shall I take my tiny coracle across the wide sparking ocean?
O King of the glorious Heaven, shall I go of my own choice upon the sea?
O Christ, will you help me on the wild waves?

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