Wilton church to conduct Blessing of the Motorcycles

WILTON – It’s spring, and for motorcyclists, it’s time to be out on the open road enjoying the good weather.

And it’s a time to be a little extra careful in traffic.

At noon Sunday, May 21, the Second Congregational Church will hold a Blessing of the Motorcycles in the parking lot. Everyone is welcome. The church pastor, the Rev. Dr. Regina Kinney, will conduct the service.

The ceremony is nondenominational and informal; wear your riding gear. The service is a prayer for a safe and happy summer for all riders whether on motorcycles or bicycles.

According to Kinney’s research, the first such ceremonies were held by churches in 1996 by Father Robert McElwee, of the Frontenac Sacred Heart Church in Frontenac, Kansas, and in 1999 at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine in New Work City. Both have held the ceremony annually since then.

Perhaps the first such event was held in 1976 in West Dennis Beach, Mass., by the Cape Cod and the Islands Chapter of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Club as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

A church in Baldwin, Mich., began blessing bicycles in an annual service in 1974.

The annual service at St. John the Devine attracts thousands of riders from across the country.