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Prayer of Blessing

May God bless you and keep you safe on this machine.
May you meet encounter the risen Lord in your travels, in the freedom of the open road, the fellowship of other bikers and in each person you meet.
May the Lord be with you at home and on the road.
May He accompany you when you start on your many journeys.
May He fill your life abundantly with his many blessings.
May He keep all your riding safe.
May His mercy, grace and love shine upon your every road.

 

Patron Saint

 The Vatican has just pronounced that bikers now have an official  patron saint.

The Cardinals got together and sifted through  a reliquary full of likely candidates and came up with one overall  winner

St Columbanus is now our saint. He was born in 540 AD and  died in 615 AD. He had various qualities that seemed to make him fit  the bill.

He was an early Celt so means something to  Christians and Pagans.

He was born in Ireland in Wicklow so he was  big hearted and friendly. A ruggedly handsome chap by all accounts.

Like many of us male bikers he was  irresistible to women. Jonas his saintly historian wrote that  Columbanus left home because he was constantly pestered by  a laviscious women!

He was most famous for his miracle. Not the  five loaves and two fishes, but the two fishes and loads of beer. He  found some hungry and thirsty monks one day and multiplied two fish  and a little beer into an almighty knees up.

He didnt ride a bike, he would have were  sure, but the trouble was they weren’t invented at that time.

If he had ridden a bike scholars agree it  would probably have been something Italian like a Laverda or a  Ducati even a Guzzi . You see he founded his monastery in Bobbio  northern Italy and his bones lie there to this day not far from  Monzas racetrack.

The church got it right for once! A patron  saint of bikers would have to be attractive, irresistible,  interested in beer and exotic north Italian products. So, St  Columbanus really fits the bill!!

 



Saint George slaying a Dragon!!



St. Columbanus. Window of the crypt of the Bobbio Abbey

 

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