Lead Us, God of Pilgrimage

I am preparing to go on a pilgrimage with The Academy for Spiritual Formation. We’ll be traveling to Ireland in early July, visiting places associated with St. Kevin, St. Brigid, St. Patrick, and St. Columba. I hope to be sharing photos, prayers, and reflections from the road. This prayer is for all of us preparing for pilgrimage.

We stand on the shore
Waiting to climb into the coracle
That will take us on this pilgrimage.

We have our itineraries, our passports,
Our credit cards and bank cards,
Our cell phones, bags, and suitcases.
We think we know where we are going
And when we will return.

But on this trip, on this pilgrimage,
We need only our eyes, our ears,
Our minds, our hearts.
Where will you take us, Spirit?
And when we return to this place,
Will we be the same?

Guide us as we climb into this coracle
And give ourselves over to the waves
And the wind and the currents.
Lead us, God of Pilgrimage,
To where you would have us go.

What pilgrimage are you anticipating?

3 thoughts on “Lead Us, God of Pilgrimage”

  1. What a beautiful prayer. I look forward to your pictures and posts. My pilgrimage will be an inner journey from my own backyard, but I don’t mind. This seems to be my year of rest.

  2. May you be embraced, led and filled by the Spirit of God as you venture on this pilgrimage. Touching and encountering history with all the saints who have gone before you.
    I have gone on 3 different pilgrimages, 3 different routes on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Last time we started in Ireland, getting our Pilgrim’s Passport at St. James Church in Dublin.

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