I rejoiced when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, Jerusalem (PS 122:1-2).
As we set out, we should remind ourselves of the reason for our resolve to go on this holy pilgrimage. This place is a monument to the devotion of the people of God.
They have gone there in great numbers to be strengthened in the Christian way of life and to become more determined to devote themselves to the works of charity.
We must also try to bring something to the faithful who live there: our example of faith, hope and love. In this way both they and we will be enriched by the help we give each other.
So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil (2 Cor 5:6-10).
All powerful God, you always show mercy toward those who love you and you are never far away from those who seek you. Remain with your servant on this holy pilgrimage and guide their way in accord with your will.
Shelter them with your protection by day,
give them light of your grace by night,
and, as their companion on the journey, bring them to their destination safely.
May the Lord guide us and direct our journey in safety.
May the Lord be our companion along the way.
May the Lord grant that the journey we begin, relying on him, will end happily through his protection.
from Book of Blessings (494ff)
Peace be with you,