The Blessing of the Bikes



Sometimes blog ideas jump on your lap. Then they pant and beg for attention. This was one I ran across today, as I perused my wife's new magazine, "body+soul". It was the briefest of articles entitled "Bless Your Bike." I include it in its entirety for your reading enjoyment:

Bless Your Bike
"Commuting on two wheels instead of four is better for your health and the environment. But when it comes to safety, there's only so much a helmet and reflector can do. For the rest, there's the Blessing of the Bikes (theblessingofthebikes.com). Held each spring at New York City's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the event invites bikers of all faiths and backgrounds to bring their bikes for a sprinkling of holy water and a blessing from Reverend Canon Thomas Miller. If you can't make it to Manhattan, organize your own event at a local church, temple, or even in your own backyard. Take inspiration from the event's traditional reading from Ezekiel 1: 'Wherever the spirit would go, they went and the wheels rose along with them; for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.'"

I think I may have found myself a new ministry. Boulder needs the Blessing of the Bikes, don't you think?!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

YES!! What a wonderful idea!!

Carl Hofmann said...

My biggest concern about this new ministry is making sure my new vestments are aero enough...
--Canon Carl

John said...

i want to start a "blessing of the iphone!"

Mitali Perkins said...

Hmmmm ... Could blessing things in worship somehow keep us from abusing them to numb the pain? Would a community blessing of our techno-tools break my internet idolatry?