Houston, Texas – The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany announces its second Blessing of the Bicycles on Sunday, March 4, at 3 PM. All are welcome to bring their bicycles into the sanctuary to be blessed.
The church is bordered on one side by the Brays Bayou Greenway Trail. Local cyclists frequently ride by while exercising or commuting to work and school, and members of the church use the trail to attend parish services and other events.
“This event is our chance to recognize Houston’s cyclists,” said The Reverend Christine Faulstich, Epiphany rector (priest in charge of the parish). “As the weather warms back up, we’ll be seeing more bicycles on the trails and on our streets. Some are probably riding for fun and exercise, while others are clearly riding to work or school or coming home from the store.” Crashes and injuries are a real concern, however. “At the blessing we will come together to celebrate the cycling community here, and pray for everyone’s safety. Because our church is right on the Brays trail,” Faulstich added, “We thought offering the bicycle blessing made sense.”
In its second year offering the blessing, the church expects at least twice the number of attendees as last year. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City has offered a bicycle blessing event since 1999. Hundreds attend.
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is located at the corner of South Gessner and Bissonnet. The church can be accessed by bicycle using the Brays Bayou Greenway Trail. The church is also served by METRO buses 65 Bissonnet and 46 Gessner. Those who drive over may take advantage of the church’s large parking lot. Event updates may be accessed on Facebook at bit.ly/2E3sB4l or by contacting Welcome@Epiphany-HOU.org.
Blessing of the Bicycles
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
9600 S. Gessner at Bissonnet
Sunday, March 4
3 PM (Rain or Shine)