Blessed are the bikers and their bikes
The Rev. Philip Egitto gives bikers what he calls "bike blessings" after an Ash Wednesday service in Daytona Beach, Florida.
March 12th, 2011
01:34 PM ET

Blessed are the bikers and their bikes

By John Couwels, CNN

I bless you in the name of BMW, Honda and Harley Davidson, amen, could have been the blessing from a local Catholic priest to bikers attending Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Instead the Rev. Philip Egitto, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Daytona, offered more traditional blessings for bikers and their motorcycles in the parish parking lot following Ash Wednesday services.

For Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day period of reconciliation, fasting and abstinence. Christians are encouraged to attend services in which clergy place ashes in the shape of the cross on the forehead of a worshipper.


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