Blessed bicycles

You will know that I have a ‘thing’ about cycling. I suppose we could shimmy left and think about what it is – maybe the mechanical almost-perfection and simplicity of a bicyle; or maybe it’s a way of revisiting childhood cycling; or perhaps there’s a freedom thing about it and a way of working off the adrenalin. So there’s the hybrid in the garage, the Brompton in the car ready for instant use – oh and half a tandem left behind in Ireland. So the bishop’s wife and I took ourselves down the former branch line from Leuchars to St Andrews – now part of National Cycle Route 1 – today including a crossing of the fairway for the 18th at St Andrews.

But I would rather have been carrying the Brompton in procession at the Blessing of the Bicycles at our St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow. But I am sure they got on fine without me. I wonder what the hymns were?

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5 Responses to Blessed bicycles

  1. neal says:

    someone did suggest this might be the “first annual” Blessing of the Bicycles in Glasgow.. so hopefully there’ll be another opportunity.

    no hymns this time around – but the reading was Ezekiel 1:15-21, full of blatent heavenly bicycle references..
    “.. Their rims were tall and awesome for the rims of all four were full of eyes all around … for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels …”

  2. Kennedy says:

    And did you sing ‘And Can it be?’ for the fourth verse refrain:

    ‘My chains fell off….’

  3. Audrey Harris says:

    What about ‘Glorious things of thee are spoke……..n’?
    Sorry couldn’t resist it!

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