Hundreds of Cyclists to Attend Blessing of the Bicycles at Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Blessing of the Bicycles

The 26th annual Blessing of the Bicycles will take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday, May 4 at 9 a.m.

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The event is held inside the church where hundreds of cyclists from different faiths (including those who are not religious) gather while the Very Reverend Patrick Malloy “will offer a blessing to jumpstart a safe cycling season and sprinkle holy water on each bicycle.”

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, and “Everyone will then ring their bicycle bells in celebration of the cycling season to come.”

The service will end with a festive lap inside the Cathedral. The Cathedral encourages all attendees to RSVP in advance, but it is not required.

The Blessing of the Bicycles has been a beloved service at the Cathedral for decades and is open to anyone 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 about the event, visit this page.


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