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?


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

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

    ‘My chains fell off….’

  3. 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 …”

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