The Basilica to bless bicycles on Sunday!
The Catholics are up to something with this move to bless bicycles Sunday. We're not sure their motivations, so we can only assume they are holy. But if you plan to carry your bike past St. Peter, better bring it down for a touch of heavenly love.
From the church press release:
Blessing of Bikes Event Schedule:
11:00 am: Exhibits and tasty treats
1:15 pm: Bike enthusiasts gather on The Basilica lawn
1:30 pm: Blessing service that includes prayer and readings
2:00 pm: Group ride for all ages and abilities (helmets required)
According to the legend, the Medieval count Ghisallo was being attacked by bandits when he saw an image of Virgin Mary at a shrine. He ran to it and was saved from the robbers. The apparition became known as the Madonna del Ghisallo, and she became a patroness of local travellers. In later times, Madonna del Ghisallo (the hill) was made part of the Giro di Lombardia bicycle race.
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