For a Friend Before a Journey

O God,
you always bestow your mercy on those who love you,
and are near those who serve you.
Direct the way of your servant in your will.
Protect and guide him,
that he may walk without stumbling
in the paths of righteousness,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary, 8th century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.