The blessing will be a short service in which our priest-in-charge, Father Dominique, will say a prayer over all the assembled bikes, asking for protection and joy for cyclists as they ride. While the service comes from the Anglican tradition, no religious affiliation is required! Blessings are a way that the Anglican church shows love and support for various groups so please allow us to bless you regardless of your stance on faith.The blessing will last just under 30 minutes and will be followed by a group bike ride led by Bishop Mariann Budde, Bishop of the Washington, DC Anglican communion. This will be the first bike blessing in DC but similar events have been held in New York and San Francisco since the mid-1990s.During the mingling time, we will be selling pizza, baked goods and drinks as well as t-shirts bearing the image of the Madonna de Ghisallo provided by Cycology Gear. All proceeds from this event will go towards making the church more handicap accessible. Donations are also appreciated and accepted. Spoke cards and stickers will be provided to all participants free of charge.