Are you on vacation and planning to travel? Do you know someone, or are you someone who works in the transportation industry or traveling industry?
Are you a traveler? How do you keep yourself safe from harm and accidents on the road or while traveling?
There are many accidents reported, whether it be road accidents or transportation accidents. So, being aware of road safety rules and having a good attitude as a driver or a traveler is essential.
Many travelers intercede their prayers through Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers. Some wear his medallions, and others hang them inside their cars to represent their faith and protect them as they travel.
What is Traveling Grace?
Traveling grace, also known as traveling mercy, is a prayer for safe travels and protection from accidents or harm while traveling.
Interceding Saint Christopher or praying his prayers is what travelers do to express good fortune when traveling.
Who is St. Christopher?
Saint Christopher is well known as the patron saint of travelers and motorists. People well remembered his uncomplicated story.
He is the one who assisted travelers in crossing the arduous and dangerous river. Then, one day, a child arrived asking to be delivered to the other side of the river.
Reprobus, Christopher’s given name, carried this child on his back. He feels heavier and heavier to be held.
Reprobus feared that he would fall and both of them would drown.
Reprobus asked the child, and he revealed himself as Jesus Christ. Jesus told Reprobus that his heaviness comes from carrying the weight of the world's sins.
With perseverance, Reprobus kept going despite the difficulty of crossing the river while carrying Christ on his shoulders. After crossing the river, Jesus Christ baptized Reprobus and gave him his Christian name—Christopher, meaning “Bearer of Christ.”
Christopher spent the rest of his life serving Jesus Christ, spreading his word. He was a man of great size, devoting the remainder of his life to helping travelers cross the dangerous river.
As one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Saint Christopher was revered by travelers and mariners as a symbol of protection and safe passage in the sea. Many travelers believe and invoke him for safe travels, saving them from a watery death.
Travelers, drivers, and motorists wear his medallion representing Saint Christopher carrying Jesus Christ on his shoulder. “Svts. Christopher's Protector Noster” are the words encircling the medallion, which means “Saint Christopher Our Protector.”
Saint Christopher died as a martyr in Lycia in 251 A.D. under the reign of Emperor Decius.
Here is the invocation prayer to St. Christopher for safe travels and protection.
Prayer to St. Christopher for Travel
Pray to honor the revered Saint Christopher, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Protector and patron saint of travelers, mariners, drivers, and motorists.
O Glorious St. Christopher
you have inherited a beautiful name, Christ-bearer,
as a result of the wonderful legend
that while carrying people across
a raging stream, you also carried the Child Jesus.
Teach us to be true Christ-bearers
to those who do not know Him.
Protect all of us that travel
both near and far, and petition Jesus
to be with us always.
Powerful Protection Prayer to Saint Christopher
Reciting a prayer for protection can give you a sense of safety, security, and comfort as you start your day. So then, no matter what you do and where you go, you have that confidence in knowing that a divine and powerful energy is watching over you.
Pray and seek Saint Christopher’s intercession because he keeps travelers protected and safe.
Dear Saint Christopher, protect me today
in all my travels along the road’s way.
Give your warning sign if danger is near
so that I may stop while the path is clear.
Be at my window and direct me through
when the vision blurs from out of the blue.
Carry me safely to my destined place,
like you carried Christ in your close embrace.
Novena for Saint Christopher
Pray the Novena for Saint Christopher’s intercession for travelers, mariners, and motorcyclists. You can seek his intercession if you are a traveler or in the transportation industry.
You can pray the Novena for Saint Christopher for any intention! However, remember that the pureness of your heart and thoughts, your trust, and your conviction are the way for your prayers to be answered.
[Pray this Novena every day for a consecutive nine days. It is preferably prayed on July 16]
Sign of the Cross
Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshipping Your Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before You and invoke with filial trust Your supreme generosity and mercy. Illuminate the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Your Heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Your Divine Love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the Saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following their example imitate, as they did, the life of Your Divine Son.
Moreover, I beseech You to graciously grant me, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through them I humbly place before You, devoutly saying, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Vouchsafe graciously to hear it if it is to Your greater glory and the salvation of my soul.
Prayer to Honor St. Christopher
O God, Who did make St. Christopher a true Christ-bearer, who converted multitudes to the Christian faith, and Who gave him the grace to suffer for Your sake the most cruel torments, through the intercession of this Saint, we implore You to protect us from sin, the only real evil. Preserve us also against the harmful forces of nature, such as earthquakes, lightning, fire, and flood.
Invocation to St. Christopher
Great St. Christopher, seeking and mightiest master which you found in Jesus Christ, the Almighty God of Heaven and earth. Faithfully serving Him with all your power to the end of Your life, gaining for Him countless souls and finally shedding your blood for Him, obtain for me the grace to bear Christ always in my heart, as you once did, bearing Him on your shoulder. So that by this I may be strengthened to overcome victoriously all temptations and resist all enticements of the world, the devil, and the flesh, and that the powers of darkness may not prevail against me.
My Lord and my God! I offer up to You my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Your Son, together with the merits of His Immaculate and Blessed Mother, Mary ever Virgin, and of all the Saints, particularly with those of the Holy Helper, St. Christopher, in whose honor I make this novena. Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Your Grace and Your Love, and graciously hear my prayer.
Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
As a motorist, how do you keep safe from road accidents?
There are many rules and road safety tips that can be learned. Keep in mind to be attentive and have a good driving attitude.
There are many ways to stay safe, but having that divine shield and protection is on a different level. There is nothing that will harm you when you are covered in God’s protection and through mediation with the traveler's patron saint, Saint Christopher.
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 needs;
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 saint of travelers, Protect me.
And lead me safely to my destiny.
A Driver's Prayer to Saint Christopher
There are a lot of unexpected dangers and accidents being a driver. So, extra precautions are a must.
Follow the rules, have no distractions, and don’t allow yourself to get caught in a high-risk situation. And of course! Adding an extra layer of protection is essential.
Pray for Saint Christopher to start your day. Stay safe and protected!
Dear Lord, before I take my
place today behind the wheel,
please let me come with humble
heart before Thy throne to kneel
and pray that I am fit to drive
each busy thoroughfare, and
that I keep a watchful eye, lest
some small child be there.
And keep me thinking
constantly about the Golden
Rule, when driving past the
playground zones or by some
busy school. Then when I stop to
give someone his right to cross
the street, let me by brother's
keeper be and spare a life that's sweet.
Please make me feel this car I
drive, You gave me to enjoy, and
that its purpose is to serve
mankind not to destroy.
Prayer for Safe Travel for a Loved One
Accidents happen anytime, whether you are prepared or not. It is best to keep yourself safe and, of course, pray to God for protection and safe travels!
God is your light in this world, and he will always watch out for all of his children.
Lord, as my loved one travels today, may you keep him safe from any harm or accidents as he travels today
Provide a protection shield no matter where he goes
Journey with him, travel with him
Hold his hand for every moment and keep your watchful eyes as he travels
Take him into your loving embrace and hold him close as he takes this journey together with you
I pray that you keep him from any physical harm or any diseases on his trip
Keep him away from those who would do harm to others
Guide him and help him to be mindful in every moment
It comforts me knowing that you will be with him as he walks on this journey
I place my loved one in your care!
Help him reach his destination safely. Amen