Hey New Yorkers!
This Saturday St. John The Divine is hosting a “Blessing of the Bikes” event. It begins at 9:30am SHARP and is happening rain or shine. As an atheist who is never anywhere before noon, I’m telling you to come!
From the website (www.theblessingofthebikes.com):
Mark your calendar for this very special event.
Wear your usual cycle clothing and bring your bike (or skates or non-motorized scooter) INSIDE the spectacular Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for the 12th Annual Blessing of the Bikes.
Our friend Reverend Tom, will say a few kind words and then sprinkle our bikes with Holy Water. There is a moment of silence to remember those cyclists we’ve lost in the past year, a chance for everyone to ring their bicycle bells in celebration of cycling, and we’re gone.
Please note that this event is wonderful but BRIEF — if you are even a little late, you’ll miss it! Please be on time!
Bring your camera so we can post your Blessing of the Bikes photos here. After the event just email your photos by clicking here.
Regardless of your religious beliefs (or lack thereof) you are welcome. (I happen to be Jewish – go figure!) We’ve been doing this for 12 years now, and I’ve never heard from anyone that the event made them uncomfortable. In other words, you will be blessed and welcomed; you will not be lectured.
The interesting thing to me about The Blessing of the Bikes is that some people take it very seriously, some think it’s all a big joke, and some are deeply offended. No mater which of those opinions works best for you… good on you!”
Hell yeah, cyclist solidarity! Plus, St. John The Divine is just dripping with architectural beauty, so it’s a win-win-win!