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 Post subject: Travel mercies
PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:30 pm 
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Someone mentioned that at his church there are travel mercies. What are travel mercies?


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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:29 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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I don't think this is a Catholic thing, per se. We pray for travel mercies regularly in our church, and pretty much every church I've ever been in my entire life. We have a morning huddle with all the chaplains in my office, and prayers for travel mercies are a regular fixture there as well. From a Catholic perspective, I don't know . . . maybe you have a patron saint of travelers to whom you appeal for prayer for safe passage?

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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theJack wrote:
From a Catholic perspective, I don't know . . . maybe you have a patron saint of travelers to whom you appeal for prayer for safe passage?


I believe St. Christopher is the traditional patron saint of travelers.

EDIT: See http://st-christopher-medal.com/who-is- ... velers.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:16 am 
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But to the OP, what are travel mercies?

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:47 pm 
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Highlander wrote:
But to the OP, what are travel mercies?



For me, it's a safe passge by the TSA folk.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:19 pm 
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Another country heard from.

However, I have found, as a convert, that it is not unusual for Catholics to use circular definitions to explain facets of Catholicism. Because one assumes that certain definitions are universally understood and a certain background is common. It took me forever to understand what a Mass intention was. I would ask and the answer would be something like, "A Mass intention is what the Mass is intended for." In my many queries I never received a response linking the sacrifice of the Mass to the intention of the Mass.

I suspect we may have something similar here. A travel mercy is the mercy associated with travel. For those such as I, a more rudimentary explanation would be helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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From my years of Baptist attendance, I would relate Travel Mercies as being prayed for or over those traveling.
From specific persons, to general audience, to holiday travelers, etc ...

To translate Travel Mercies to Catholic practice and understanding, I would relate it to a priest praying a blessing
upon specific person(s) who will be traveling or gone for a time (our military people, for instance), or to a Catholic
asking God in prayer for safe traveling, for whatever distance, circumstance, or length of time gone.

Asking St Christopher's intercession (mentioned above), or that of any other Saint, would be the bonus prayer.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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Helpful. For us rudiments.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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Well you're quite welcome.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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Speed Racer wrote:
I believe St. Christopher is the traditional patron saint of travelers.

St. Christopher, St. Raphael, Our Lady of the Way

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:47 am 
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theJack wrote:
I don't think this is a Catholic thing, per se.


Its not.

Before I became Catholic we regularly prayed for "traveling mercies" for those on vacation, holidays, and etc. I saw the prayer time as a request for divine protection.

After I became Catholic I didn't hear the term again until only recently at a men's group I attended a few times. During the prayer request time some would stand up ask for travel mercies.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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Is the term travel mercies a specific non-Catholic denomination's part of its service? For example, is it a part of the Baptist service only?


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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:56 pm 
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Petronius wrote:
Is the term travel mercies a specific non-Catholic denomination's part of its service? For example, is it a part of the Baptist service only?


I don’t think its centered around any one denomination.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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Rather than being a designated part of the service, travel mercies might be mentioned in the sermon for instance
if the pastor was going to be gone; or prayed for in the closing prayer perhaps, like holiday weekends, or if a certain group
was to be traveling, singers, kids to church camp, etc.

I doubt that it is specific to Baptists only, but would be commonly found there.
I would guess that it would be found in a number of evangelical churches.

Some early info and trivia ... it seems it was first used for missionaries ....
http://www.dictionaryofchristianese.com ... g-mercies/

I've also heard it as 'traveling grace'.
And in checking, there are links for that too.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:53 pm 
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I like traveling grace.

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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Yes. Well, there ya go then. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Travel mercies
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It is a Christian thing, not exclusive to Catholics.

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