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Category Archives: Protection Prayers for Driving, Cars and Travel

A BLESSING FOR TRAVELLERS

Travelling sometimes brings us into danger, hence the custom of having special prayers to ask for God’s protection at the beginning of a journey.

BLESSING OF TRAVELLERS:

(All make the Sign of the Cross.)

V. May the Lord turn his face toward us and guide our feet into the way of peace, now and forever.

R. Amen.

V. Let us entrust those who are leaving to the hands of the Lord, who is the true end of all our journeys. Let us pray he will bring theirs to a good end, and that as they travel they will recognise him in his creatures; that they will experience his goodness in the hospitality they receive, and be able to bring the Good News in return; that they will be courteous and cheerful on the way; that they will comfort and assist the poor and afflicted God places on their path.

Lord, send help from your sanctuary:

R. Lord, have mercy.

V. Lord, save your servants, for they hope in you:

R. Lord, have mercy.

(John 14:1-11 can be read out now, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’, followed by:

V. The Word of the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.)

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A MEDIEVAL PRAYER FOR ALL

O loving Lord and God, ever ready to listen to the prayers of thy servants, I most earnestly beseech thee to hearken to me.

To thee do I pray, trusting to the help and merits of the blessed and glorious Mary, ever a Virgin, and of all the holy Angels, Archangels, and heavenly Powers, of the holy Patriarchs, Prophets, and Apostles, of the Evangelists, Martyrs, and Confessors, of the Virgins and Monks, and of all the citizens of heaven, that thou wouldst increase the faith of thy Holy Catholic Church: beseeching thee that thou wouldst give peace to our rulers; that thou wouldst forgive us our sins; that thou wouldst restore health to the sick, and afford to the fallen the means to repair the error of their ways; that for those in captivity and bondage, and for those who are journeying in foreign countries, thou wouldst obtain freedom and help to return to their native land; that thy faithful servants who are travellers on sea or on land may have a prosperous voyage, and at length reach a haven of safety; that those who are in trouble may find consolation, and those who suffer oppression, comfort and relief; that thou wilt in thy love send thy holy Angel to be our guide and protector here, and wheresoever we may be; that thou wilt give the blessing of mutual charity to those that are at variance, and true faith to the unbelieving; and finally, that to the faithful departed you will give eternal rest.
Amen.

 

THE CHAPLET OF ST ANTHONY FOR THIRTEEN FAVOURS

The Chaplet of St Anthony of Padua consists of thirteen Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorys in honour of the thirteen favours mentioned in the ‘Miraculous Responsory’ (see below).
The following invocations may be used before each set of Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

1. Most gracious St Anthony, keep me from sin and enable me to persevere in good.

2. Great St Anthony, keep whatever is uncharitable far from me.

3. Dear St Anthony, make mine a true, lasting and vibrant faith.

4. Good St Anthony, banish from my heart all that would cloud God’s love.

5. Great St Anthony, encouraged by your gentleness, help me to grow in genuine conversion of heart.

6. St Anthony, heal me. Obtain for me a true love of God and health of mind and soul.

7. St Anthony, with my Guardian Angel, guide me through the perils of this life and keep me safe.

8. St Anthony, protect me from the devil’s temptations and obtain for me God’s help.

9. St Anthony, healer of the sick, preserve my life and grant me blessings of good health.

10. Saint of miracles, finder of lost things, help me to discover what is truly important in my life.

11. St Anthony, my helper and friend of God, be my defence and security in times of doubt.

12. St Anthony and friend of God, I ask your intercession at God’s throne for divine grace.

13. St Anthony, I join with you now and with the whole company of heaven in praising the Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

THE MIRACULOUS RESPONSORY (“SI QUAERIS”)

If then you ask for miracles,
death, error, all calamities,
leprosy and demons fly,
and health succeeds infirmities.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
and lifeless limbs do you restore;
while treasures lost are found again,
when young and old your aid implore.
All dangers vanish at your prayer,
and direst need does quickly flee;
let those who know your power proclaim,
let Paduans say: these are of thee.

To Father, Son, may glory be
and Holy Spirit, eternally.

Pray for us, blessed Anthony.
Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Lord God, may the votive commemoration of blessed Anthony, your Confessor and Doctor, be a source of joy for your people. May they always be strengthened with his spiritual assistance and deserve eternal rewards. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

PRAYER IN HONOUR OF ST GEORGE FOR BOY SCOUTS

ST GEORGE, PATRON OF BOY SCOUTS – FEAST DAY: APRIL 23rd

A martyr and Protector of England, St George has his Feast Day on April 23rd. St George lived around the year 303 A.D. He is patron of boy scouts, and of soldiers going into battle or war. They should invoke his protection frequently. Their lifestyle is very like their patron as he was the outdoor type of character. He did many good things as the Catholic boy scouts today. Veneration of him comes from the East and he is regarded as a martyr. He is the patron of Christian armies. In Rome there is a sanctuary built in his honour named St George in Valabr.
Co-patron of boy scouts is St Martin of Tours, Feast Day November 8th, who died in 397 A.D.

PRAYER:
The motto of boy scouts is “be ready”. May all of us be found ever ready to assist others, especially the old.
Amen.

 

A PRAYER FOR HEALING AND PROTECTION ON BEHALF OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO NEED PRAYERS

God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, You gave Your Son, Jesus Christ, infinite power over all the forces that exist in the universe and on earth. Forgive all our mistakes and sins; free us from suffering and temptations, anxieties, discouragement and desperation, and take away the confusion in our head.

We also ask You to drive away all envy and falsity from the homes of our relatives and neighbours, and to protect them against fire, assaults and robbery.

In Your infinite goodness, let our guardian angel watch over us at night so that we may tranquilly sleep and be refreshed.

(Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…)

God, replete with goodness, we ask You to impede all of the evil spirit’s diabolical actions against our family. Cast fear, heresy, drugs, insane customs and blasphemous spirits far away from us. Free our country from the scourge of inflation, the terrible consequence of our sins.

In Your infinite goodness and mercy, through Your Word, give health in body, mind and spirit to the persons we recommend to You (mention the names). Be compassionate with them, restoring health, courage, tranquillity and a taste for living in them so that we may give thanks to You with a soul overflowing with peace and joy.
Through Jesus Christ, in the love of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 

NOVENA PRAYER TO ALL THE ANGELS FOR A SPECIAL FAVOUR

Bless the Lord, all ye His Angels!
Thou who art mighty in strength and do His Will, intercede for me at the throne of God. By thine unceasing watchfulness, protect me in every danger of soul and body. Obtain for me the grace of final perseverance, so that after this life, I may be admitted to thy glorious company and sing with thee the praises of God for all eternity.
All ye holy Angels and Archangels, Thrones and Dominations, Principalities and Powers and Virtues of Heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, and especially thou, my dear Guardian Angel, intercede for me and obtain for me the special favour I now ask (mention your request).
Amen.

Offer the ‘Glory Be” three times.

 

PRAYER TO ST BARBARA FOR PROTECTION

ST BARBARA, VENERATED BY SOLDIERS AND INVOKED AS A PROTECTOR AGAINST LIGHTNING, STORMS, HURRICANES AND SUDDEN DEATH.
ST BARBARA IS ONE OF THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS OF EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
FEAST DAY: DECEMBER 4th

According to tradition, St Barbara was martyred at the end of the fourth century in Antioch under the emperor Maximian. St Barbara spent almost her entire life confined in the tower of a fortress. When he heard that she had been converted to the Christian faith even in confinement, her father, who was a pagan, not only denounced her but also condemned her to death. He himself was the executioner and cut off her head with a sword. Immediately afterwards, a terrible storm arose and the executioner was incinerated by a bolt of lightning.

PRAYER:
St Barbara, you are stronger than the tower of a fortress and the fury of hurricanes. Do not let lightning hit me, thunder frighten me or the roar of canons jolt my courage or bravery. Stay always by my side so that I may confront all the storms and battles of my life with my head held high and a serene countenance. Winning all the struggles, may I, aware of doing my duty, be grateful to you, my protector, and render thanks to God, the Creator of heaven, earth and nature who has the power to dominate the fury of the storm and to mitigate the cruelty of war.
St Barbara, pray for us.
Amen.