A Liturgy for Travelers

The Officiant begins by inviting the group to prayer, first saying

Officiant The Lord is always among his people.

People Let us feel your presence, Lord.

Officiant Lord, open our lips.

People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant Let us pray. Holy God, we give you thanks for gathering us together as we prepare to travel to N. for N. Be with us as we make our pilgrimage: enlighten our paths, ease our minds, ignite our hearts. May we find comfort in knowing that it is you who will carry us there, and it is you who will bring us home. We pray to you in the name of your son, our companion on the way. Amen.

A reading is chosen from the selections listed below, and is then read.

  • Psalm 121 (My help comes from the Lord)
  • Luke 10:3-8 (I am sending you out like lambs)
  • Luke 10:29-37 (The Good Samaritan)
  • Romans 14:1-4 (Who are you to pass judgment?)

The reader then says

Reader The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

The following canticle is then read

A Song of Pilgrimage

Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16, 20b-22

Before I ventured forth,
Even when I was very young, *
I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her, *
And I will seek her to the end.
From first blossom to early fruit, *
She has been the delight of my heart.
My foot has kept firmly to the true path, *
Diligently from my youth have I pursued her.
I inclined my ear a little and received her; *
I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.
To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory, *
for I have resolved to live according to her way.
From the beginning I gained courage from her, *
Therefore I will not be forsaken.
In my inmost being I have been stirred to seek her, *
Therefore have I gained a good possession.
As my reward the Almighty has given me the gift of language, *
And with it will I offer my praise to God.

The Prayers 

The Officiant may say one or more of the following prayers

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to use to your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Additional prayers and petitions may be added at this time.

The Officiant asks for God’s blessing over the group, first saying

Officiant The people of God are on a pilgrimage.

People A pilgrimage in the name of Christ.

Officiant Holy God, your spirit fills each of our hearts.

People From this time forth and forever more.

Officiant May the blessing of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

The Officiant then dismisses the group saying

Officiant Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People Thanks be to God.

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Comments

  1. Aaron Mooney says:

    Would it be possible to have links to the 4 optional readings? Or perhaps include their text here in the liturgy?
    Thanks, Aaron

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