This pilgrim’s prayer appears in the 12th Century Codex Calixtinus, the first guide book for the Camino de Santiago.

God, You called your servant Abraham from Ur in Chaldea,
watching over him in all his wanderings,
and guided the Hebrew people as they crossed the desert.
Guard these your children who, for the love of your Name,
make a pilgrimage to Compostela.

Be their companion on the way,
their guide at the crossroads,
their strength in weariness,
their defense in dangers,
their shelter on the path,
their shade in the heat,
their light in the darkness,
their comfort in discouragement,
and the firmness of their intentions;

that through your guidance,
they may arrive safely at the end of their journey and,
enriched with grace and virtue,
may return to their homes
filled with salutary and lasting joy.


Prayer to be Offered at Cruz de Ferro

Lord, may this stone,
a symbol of my efforts on the pilgrimage
that I lay at the foot of the cross of the Saviour,
one day weigh the balance in favor of my good deeds
when the deeds of my life are judged.