El Camino Prayers
St. James Novena
A Pilgrim's Prayer to St. James
This is an ancient prayer that comes at the end of the Pilgrim Mass said along the Camino de
"O God, who brought your servant Abraham out of the land of the Chaldeans, protecting him in
his wanderings, who guided the Hebrew people across the desert, we ask that you watch over us,
your servants, as we walk in the love of your name to Santiago de Compostela.
Be for us our companion on the walk,
Our guide at the crossroads,
Our breath in our weariness,
Our protection in danger,
Our albergue on the Camino,
Our shade in the heat,
Our light in the darkness,
Our consolation in our discouragements,
And our strength in our intentions.
So that with your guidance we may arrive safe and sound at the end of the Road and enriched
with grace and virtue we return safely to our homes filled with joy.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Apostle Santiago, pray for us.
Santa Maria, pray for us."
A different version of the Roncesvalles Blessing and a few others:
"Oh God, You who took up your servant Abraham from the city of Ur of the
Chaldeans, watching over him in all his wanderings.
You who were the guide of the Hebrew people in the desert, we ask that You deign
to take care of these your servants who, for love of your name, make a pilgrimage
Be a companion for them along the path, a guide at crossroads, strength in their
weariness, defense before dangers, shelter on the way, shade against the heat, light
in the darkness, a comforter in their discouragements, and firmness in their
in order that, through your guidance, they might arrive unscathed at the end of their
journey and, enriched with graces and virtues, they might return safely to their
homes, which now lament their absence, filled with salutary and lasting joy.
Through Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, descend on you.
Priest: May the Lord direct your steps with his approval, and be your inseparable
companion on the entire Camino.
Priest: May the Virgin Mary grant you her maternal protection, defend you in all
dangers of soul and body, and may you merit to arrive safely at the end of your pilgrimage
under her mantle.
Priest: May the Archangel Rafael accompany you on the Camino as he
accompanied Tobias, and protect you from every injury and obstacle.
"In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, receive this pouch, habit for your
pilgrimage, so that, castigated and corrected, you hasten to prostrate at Saint James'
feet, where you yearn to arrive and, after having completed your journey, you
come to us delighted with the help of God, who rules over the world without end.
Receive this staff as support for the journey and your efforts during your
pilgrimage so that you are able to defeat the throngs of enemies and thus arrive
safely at Saint James' feet and, after having completed your journey, you come to
us delighted with the consent of the same God, who lives in and rules over Heaven
without end. Amen. II
C: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.
C: The Lord be with you.
R: And also with you."
Let us pray.
"O Lord whose word makes all things holy, bless we beseech you these emblems,
rucksacks and bikes to be used on this pilgrimage. Mayall those who use them
arrive safely at the shrine of St. James the Apostle, the objective of their journey.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen"
"All-powerful God, you always show mercy toward those who you love and you are
never far away for those who seek you. Be with your servants on this pilgrimage
and guide their way in accord with your will. Be a companion for them along their
journey, a guide at crossroads, strength in their weariness, defence before dangers,
shelter on the way, shade against the heat, light in the darkness, a comforter in their
discouragements, and firmness in their intentions, in order that, through your
guidance, they might arrive unscathed at the end of their journey and, enriched
with graces and virtues, they might return safely home; through Jesus Christ Your
Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever."
Together we say the Pilgrims ' Prayer:
"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 faith
And happy in hope
On our pilgrim joumey
Following the path of Christian life
And sustain us so that
We may finally reach the glory of God the Father
St. James Novena
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