One way to join us on this pilgrimage is to say this prayer which we will say each day. The prayer has been recited by countless pilgrims for centuries. It appears in our Credential del Pelegrino, a small booklet which each pilgrim receives at the start of their journey. This pilgrim’s passport must be shown at each hostel in order for the pilgrim to receive overnight accomodations. As we make our way along the route, we will have it stamped in each of the towns we pass through. Upon arrival in Santiago, the “credentials” will be shown at the Pilgrim office to validate that we have made the journey.
“God, You called your servants Abraham and Sarah from Ur in Chaldea, watching over them in all their wanderings, and guided the Hebrew people as they crossed the desert. Guard these your children who, for 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 home filled with salutary and lasting joy.”