BLESSING OF THE BIKES
Now here's a picture that a minister/cyclist could only dream of
Imagine a congregation of cyclists! Talk about preaching to the choir! This photo is one in a wonderful online Time photo gallery of events during May Bike Month.
The caption under this photo on the Time website reads: "What I really wanted was holy water on the bikes, but I didn't know if that was offensive or not," said Glen Goldstein, founder of Manhattan's annual "Blessing of the Bikes." The priest at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan had no problem obliging. Now in its 10th year, the spring event drew nearly 400 people, from bike messengers to daily commuters to casual riders. This year, for the first time, the names of 2007's fallen cyclists were read aloud. "It's a day to celebrate the beginning of the riding season, and to remember those we've lost," Goldstein said.