Downtown Church to Bless Bikes During Ceremony Next Month

by Tim Regan April 18, 2016 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

Bike Blessing photo via Church of the Ascension and Saint AgnesA downtown church will try to heal the “awkwardness” between cyclists and local religious folk by hosting an inaugural bike-blessing event next month.

Cyclists are instructed to gather on the lawn at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes (1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW) for the ceremony, which is slated for Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m.

The plan, says Father Dominique Peridans is to bring local cyclists and residents together for a “bridge-building gathering.”

“We’ll gather on the front lawn of the church . . . there’ll be a short, ten fifteen minute blessing for the whole crowd gathered,” Peridans said. “It’ll be a time for people to interact.”

District cyclists and local churches haven’t always gotten along. The recurring feud possibly came to a head last October when a pastor at one local church infamously called several bike lanes proposed for 6th St. NW a “cancer.”

“I know that there’s been some awkwardness between the cycling community and a few churches in the city, and I’m hoping this will heal that a little bit,” Peridans said.

After the short ceremony, officials from DDOT, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts will deliver a series of brief comments. There will also be free food and giveaways, Peridans said.

“Everybody is welcome,” Peridans said. “Religious affiliation, whatever type of bike you ride . . .  it will be done in a way that a broad number of people would be able to enjoy.”

Photo courtesy of Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes


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