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, defense 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.
May God the Father who created you, guide your footsteps,
May God the Son who redeemed you, share your journey,
May God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you, lead you on life’s pilgrimage,
and the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you wherever you may go.
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God, be with us in every valley,
Jesus, be with us on every hill,
Holy Spirit, be with us
on every stream,
every cliff’s edge,
every green pasture;
every moor and meadow,
and in the crest of the waves on the sea.
Every time we rest,
and every time we wake up;
O Father, be with us,
and keep us by your Spirit Holy,
every step we take,
in the good company of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen.
(Adapted from the Carmina Gadelica, 1860-1909)