Blessing of the bicycles at NYC’s St. Johns Saturday, May 6

Only in NYC could you have an event like this at a cathedral:

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

 Mike Mishkin  May 1, 2023  Events

Blessing of the Bicycles

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.

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