The 25th annual Blessing of the Bicycles will take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday, May 6 at 9 a.m.
The event is held inside the church, where hundreds of cyclists from different faiths (including those who are not religious) gather while Father Patrick Malloy says “a few kind words and then sprinkle[s] our bikes with Holy Water.”
The ceremony is only an hour, so those who wish to attend are encouraged to show up at 9 a.m. sharp.
There will be a moment of silence to remember cyclists who have passed in the last year. “Everyone will then ring their bicycle bells in celebration of the cycling season to come.”
The Blessing of the Bicycles has been a beloved service at the Cathedral for decades. The unique service is open to everyone who gets around town on a bike, scooter, skates, unicycle, or other form of human-powered vehicle.
Here’s a short clip from a previous Blessing of the Bicycles:
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street). To learn more, visit this page.
Oh yes, Lord Jesus!
And fodder, please bless my derailleur, my stem and my very uncomfortable seat.
And hold back Satan from guiding me into that suddenly open cab door!
Is this how churches claim they serve a greater purpose in our neighborhoods?