For You Who Are Abroad
Today, O lord I am a migrant person following
The footsteps of someone who invented history
And opened the paths towards the unknown
One day, O Lord, you abandoned your heaven
And silently entered into the night followed by
The indifference o many,
Involved in the silence of the stars
and in the company of those who keep vigil in the night
of the world, you made your nation
of humanity, you made your dwelling place
You became a migrant… you encountered us
In our journey, you met people burdened by pain
And you joined the feast of those who sing in hope
Since then, we continue walking
They are children and elderly, men and women
Poor and oppressed.
We journey full of hope seeking for you among us
Why did you become a migrant?
With you, our humanity became itinerant
Here we go, O Lord
Towards of Hymn of Pentecost
Walk with us o Lord, be with me… stay with me.
O God, I ask you to take me into your care and
Protection along with those who sail in ships
Make me alert and wise in my duties,
Make me faithful in the time of routine, and prompt to
Decide and courageous to act in any time of crisis.
Protect me in the dangers and perils of the sea, and even in the
Storm grant that there may be peace and calm within my heart
When I am far from home, far from loved ones and far from home
Help me to be quite sure that, wherever I am
I can never drift beyond your love and care
Give me the strength to lead a Christian life aboard our ship
Take care of my loved ones in the days when I am separated
From them, sometimes with half of the world between
Them and me and let me always be attached to them.
Keep me true to them and keep them true to me,
And every time we have to part
Bring us together in safety and in loyalty again
Keep my family at home in your care.
Help me and all seafarers to keep on the right course
Always, and to reach the safe port of heaven
This I ask for your love’s sake.