June 21, 2010

Glasgow cyclists have their bicycles blessed

by David Masters

Cyclists in Scotland lined up outside St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow this weekend to have their bikes blessed.

The ‘Blessing of the Bikes’ was the church’s way of getting involved with the Glasgow Cycling Festival.

Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, gave his blessing to the bikes of all cyclists who came to the special service on Saturday.

The short service included a a liturgy for cyclists and a moment to remember cyclists who have died on the roads. It ended with the ring of bicycle bells.

“The bicycle is one of the most efficient machines ever invented by human beings,” Rev Holdsworth said.

“We celebrated the delight that cycling gives people and remembered the fragility of the world which needs ecological means of transport.”

St. Mary’s Cathedral borrowed the idea of a service for cyclists from churches in New York, who have been blessing bikes for 12 years.

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