The Basilica of Saint Mary is holding its 5th Annual Blessing of Bicycles at the historic downtown Minneapolis church on Saturday.
The Twin Cities community is invited to this unique and free event -- with or without a bike -- to receive bike oil blessed by a priest as well as prayers and blessings for safe travels during the biking season.
Bike enthusiasts will gather on the basilica’s plaza at 3 p.m. and join a procession into the church for a blessing. Following the blessing, there will be a group ride for all ages.
Started in 2009, the Blessing of Bicycles at the basilica is meant to bring greater awareness to using bikes as a means of transportation and encourage non-motorized transportation, healthy lifestyles and a safe cycling season.