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    Blessing of the Bikes: Bikers Take to Church


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     sjunat55 was out at the park where he rides his bike when he saw a bunch of bikers going into the church. He followed them over and found them getting the bikes blessed. This is a ceremony where people get ready for riding season and pay tribute to people who died in accidents during the previous year, he says.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    Just in time for the opening of bike season, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, held its 12th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Ceremony this weekend.

    Hundreds of cyclists, most in their riding gear, carried their bicycles up the steps and into the Cathedral where Reverend Canon Thomas P. Miller (Reverend Tom) offered the blessing.

    With bikers forming a double line, a moment of silence was observed to remember riders who lost their lives during the past  year in accidents throughout the city.

    St. John the Divine, located in Upper Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood, is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and one of the largest cathedrals in the world.

    Known locally as St John the Unfinished, it has been restored after a fire destroyed part of it in 2001.


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