206 TOURS PILGRIMS PRAYER:
We are Your pilgrims, and are on our way to You.
Anoint us to do Your will as we travel on this journey.
Help us give a hand of friendship and love to fellow pilgrims.
May the joy of your dwelling in us draw us closer to each other and to You.
Give us strength to persevere when we get too tired.
Give us understanding of different nationalities, cultures, wealth, poverty and
mentalities. Give us patience and grace to accept diversity in food, services and people that we encounter.
Remind us to offer gratitude, to our hosts, tour guides, hotel and airline personnel
Expand our vision to recognize Your plan.
Warm our hearts by the flame of Your love, so that we may share it with others too.
Open our lips so that we can speak Your Word and words of love.
Expand our arms so that we can embrace each other and all who need hugs
Speak to us so that we may discern the role that You have for us.
Send us breeze when it gets too hot, and sunshine when it’s raining hard.
Help us to love, pray, forgive, embrace, see and discover.
Help us to remember:
We responded to Your calling to make this journey,
we are Your pilgrims, going towards You and for You.
If we feel lonely, we will remember, that we are not alone,
as with each step we take You are right alongside of us.
And if at times, the road is too rocky, if the weather gets too stormy,
if it gets dark, if our hearts grow numb, heavy, empty, shivering, broken,
then, especially then, help us to remember- how much You love us.
We promise to remember, that You hold our souls.
And always, God, help us to live according to your will.
We at 206 Tours promise to keep you in our prayers, please keep us and all of our pilgrims in yours. Please encourage others to be a pilgrim, regardless if pilgrimage is around the block or around the world. God Bless!
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
O Lord my God prepare my spirit so that, through the intercession of the Apostle James, it may be open to your word, receive it, and put it into practice.
My Lord Jesus Christ! Here I am close to You, brining with me in prayer joys and sorrows of my brothers and sisters as well as the continual happiness and difficulties of my daily walk. Sometimes I lose my way on the path of life, and I don’t know what to do. Frequently I am distracted by material things and am in need of enlightenment. Lord, create in me a longing for You and a firm resolution to never offend You again. Give me your grace to contemplate the path of Your earthly life and to be attracted further by the example of St. James the Apostle. May I wholeheartedly follow You in the path of this life and find in You peace and joy without end.
PRAYER TO SAINT JAMES THE GREATER
O Glorious Saint James, because of your fervor and generosity Jesus chose you to witness his glory on the Mount and his agony in the Garden. Obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending struggles of this life. Help us to follow Christ constantly and generously,
to be victors over all our difficulties, and to receive the crown of glory in heaven. Pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were.
St. James, Apostle chosen among the first You were the first to drink the cup of the Master and you are the great protector of pilgrims; make us strong in the faith and happy in hope on our pilgrims’ journey following the path of Christian life and feed is so that we may finally reach the glory of God the Father.