Whether heading out on your daily commute, a business trip, vacation, or a visit with loved ones, it's important to always pray before traveling to ask for God's blessing and for spiritual protection—especially through the intercession of our Guardian Angels and St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers—against anything that may harm us. Below is a collection of prayers for safety while traveling, for ourselves and for those dear to us.
Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye, that no one shall be hurt as I pass by. Thou gavest life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of Thine. Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company from the evils of fire and all calamity. Teach me to use my car for other’s need; nor miss through love of undue speed the beauty of the world; that thus I may with joy and courtesy go on my way. St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me, and lead me safely to my destiny. Amen.
O Almighty and merciful God, who hast commissioned Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return; to clothe us with their invisible protection; to keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of fall and bruises, and finally, having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Each time I drive Lord, may I feel, Your hands on mine upon the wheel. Give me a careful, watchful eye, for young and old, when I drive by. Keep me from speeding needlessly, passing earth’s beauties heedlessly. I want to use this car for You, to drive my friends with safety too. But all these things can never be, unless O Lord, you drive with me. Amen.
In the name of God I go on this journey. May God the Father be with me, God the Son protect me, and God the Holy Ghost be by my side. Amen.
Lord, be our guide and our protector on the journey we are about to take. Watch over us. Protect us from accidents. Keep us free from harm to body and soul. Lord, support us with Your grace when we are tired. Help us be patient in any trouble which may come our way. Keep us always mindful of Your presence and love. Amen.
Dear Saint, you have inherited a beautiful name—Christopher—as a result of a wonderful legend that while carrying people across a raging stream you carried the Child Jesus. Teach us to be true Christbearers to those who do not know Him. Protect all drivers who often transport those who bear Christ within them. Amen.
ROMAN RITUAL BLESSING OF TRAVELERS
L: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.
Tobit 4:19a: At all times bless the Lord God, and ask him to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans.
John 14:6: Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
L: All-powerful and ever-living God, when Abraham left his own land and departed from his own people, you kept him safe all through his journey. Protect us, who also are your servants: walk by our side to help us; be our companion and our strength on the road and our refuge in every adversity. Lead us, O Lord, so that we will reach our destination in safety and happily return to our homes. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
L: May God bless you with every heavenly blessing and give you a safe journey; wherever life leads you, may you may find him there to protect you. We ask this through Christ our Lord.