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PRAYERS FOR CYCLISTS


After doing some research on the internet, I found these prayers. I've tried to find some simple short ones and some long ones. Some of the prayers were part of church litanies. I've tried to include links to the sources.

Cyclist Prayer

With a prayer on my lips, I ride

Before we ask for our needs, we take stock of what we have. Before anything we may pray for, we give thanks:

that we can ride
that the day is ours to ride
that our family, friends and neighbors can join us

Whatever we may ask for, let us first be mindful of what we have. What we have can be taken away.

If we should ask, let us ask for what cannot be bought or sold:

appreciation of nature’s beauty
to hear the music to which all life dances
deep breaths of fresh air
strengthening our heart and lungs
clearing our mind
health
space to face and resolve our inner conflicts
bestowing courtesy
a gentle tread upon our path on earth
pleasant memories as we lie down at night

These are the blessings we ask.

It is easier for the cyclist to be humble — on a bike, all are equal. May we ride enough that we are reminded of this.

When we ride, let us spread good cheer. Not all can ride, so may our good cycling karma flow far and wide. Cycling is a subtle force benefiting the planet.

Lastly, let us not forget those who came before or those to come after. What we enjoy today results from the work of those before us. Generations to come rely on the choices we make today.

May we ride.

- By
Intown Cycling Club Atlanta, Georgia

Prayer For Safe Travels

"As we bike through the city streets, the highways and the mountain trails
Protect us L-RD from spills and crashes
Trucks and cars whose drivers do not recognize our right to use the roads
Dogs who like to bite our shapely legs
Potholes, cracks, and sharp objects that flatten our tires,
Thieves, and bikenappers who lust after our bikes
The rains and thunders
And all kinds of nasty accidents
Give us energy and the strength
To wake up in the morning and go for a bike ride
To keep us from bonking
To ride up hills and mountains
To reach our destination
Grant us the courage
To descend rapidly down the hills
To ride through the rain
To join and finish races even if we know we'll never win
May we experience the joy and ecstasy
As we are moved by the beauty of nature
As the sun and the wind caress our face
As we feel one with the bike and the road
And forget about the time
As we get in touch with the child within us
As we enjoy each other's company
As we feel we could bike forever
May we continue biking even as we grow old
And up to the day we die
And may you allow us to continue biking in heaven
Forever and ever
Amen!"

- By
Fr. Amado Picardal "Father Picx" of Redemptorist Catholic Congregation ; Davao City, Philippines

Prayer For Safe Cycling

"Lord, please help me get throught his ride with no problems or accidents. The beauty of nature, the body, and the earth are you gifts and I am grateful that that I have been given the chance to see them. "

- From Deacon Mark - Roman Catholic Deacon

Prayer For Safety

"Lord, protect us from harm as we go on this bike ride.
Guide us away from accidents.
Instill in us a level of awareness to thwart others who are inconsiderate to our vulnerability on the roadways.
In your name we pray...
Amen. "

- From an Unknown Source

An Old Irish Blessing

"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. "

Prayer For Safe Travels

"O' G-D, our Heavenly Father whose glory fills the whole creation,
and whose presence we find wherever we go:
preserve those who travel;
surround them with your loving care;
protect them from every danger;
and bring them safely to their journeys' end;
Through Jesus Christ our L-RD, Amen. "

- From
A Traveler's Prayer Book : Episcopal Church

Cycling Prayers of Dave of Cyclelight

"Protect me, my bicycle , and all I pass by, with a steady hand, and a watchful eye. "

"Dear Lord, protect me on my ride and delivery me back home safe to my family. "

"We ask for your blessing on all our outings and journeys;
we pray for safety on our roads
And a deep sense of responsibility on the part of all who use them."

"Allow these bike racers not to rage against each other but to strive with each other. Amen."

"Let these racers not get injured so they are able to continue doing purposeful work off of the bike and be able to do all the goodness they can with their families and friends. Amen."

"Keep me from lusting after these bicycles. Help make my bicycle a tool for goodness as I pray while riding. Amen."

"Help me not get angry at riders who don’t hold their line. Especially do not let me get angry when riders force their way between me and the racer in front of me because this is just a competitive move in racing bikes. Amen."

"I know that the act of bike racing really doesn’t compare to more meaningful acts but at least let this time be enriched by prayer. And more importantly let this time be one of harmony between racers. Let us show support for each other and not trash talk or gossip. Amen."

"Help me not get angry at this guy who is opening up gaps and riding at an uneven pace. Rather let me turn this anger over to energy toward catching the pack. Give me similar energy toward purposeful goals in my life. Amen."

If a racer causes me to crash may I not say anything until I can speak some peaceful words. Amen. "

Litany of Prayer from Bicycle Blessing

Leader: "Present in a world groaning under the excesses of consumption, we acknowledge the inherent goodness of non-motorized human powered transportation and give thanks for the simple beauty of the bicycle. G-D of life,"
Response: "Hear our prayer."
Leader: Present in a community filled with children, we pray for those learning to ride. Keep them smart, safe, and visible on their neighborhood roads. G-D of life,"
Response: "Hear our prayer."
Leader: Present in a community filled with strife, we pray for the victims of road rage and bike theft. And we ask for the strength to forgive mean people. G-D of life,"
Response: "Hear our prayer."
Leader: "Present in a world of work, we pray for those who build, repair, and clean our bikes and those who rely on bicycles to earn their living. Bless those who choose to not drive to work and those for whom driving isn't even an option. G-D of life,"
Response: "Hear our prayer."
Leader" "Present in a community of beautiful diversity, we ask your protection and blessing on all who ride: pedi-cabbies, weekend warriors, athletes, homeless folks, students, children, eco-warriors, bike co-op anarchists, messengers, and all the others who take to the Denver streets, bike paths, parks, and mountains. Keep us safe as we ride. G-D of life,
Response: "Hear our prayer."

- From
St. Thomas Episcopal Church ; Denver, Colorado

Litany for Safe Journeys

Leader: "May the spirit of the morning sun warm us."
Response: "Protect us, Holy Spirit, breath of G-D, as we ride in joy and safety."
Leader : "May the spirit of the rains cleanse us. "
Response: "Protect us, Holy Spirit, comforter of souls, as we ride in joy and safety."
Leader: "May the spirit of the Douglas Firs enfold us. "
Response: "Protect us, Holy Spirit, sustainer of hope, as we ride in joy and safety. "
Leader: "May the spirit of this ancient land uphold us."
Response: "Protect us, Holy Spirit, fire of love, as we ride in joy and safety. "
Leader: "May the rivers and valleys be our guide, and the mountains be our haven."
Response: "Protect us, Holy Spirit, mother of our days, as we ride in joy and safety."
Leader: "May those who have died continue in our hearts. "
Response: "Protect us, Holy Spirit, bearer of peace, as we ride in joy and safety. "

- From the dedication of the Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo -
St Stephen's Episcopal Church ; Portland, Oregon. - Madonna del Ghisallo is the patron saint of cyclists.

Cyclists Prayer of Catherine Mills

"Before we ask for our needs,
we take stock of what we have.
Before anything we may pray for,
we give thanks:
that we can ride,
that the day is ours to ride,
that our family, friends and neighbors can join us,
Whatever we may ask for, let us first be mindful of what we have.
What we have can be taken away.
If we should ask, let us ask for what cannot be bought or sold:
appreciation of nature’s beauty
deep breaths of fresh air
clearing our mind
a gentle tread upon our path on earth.
These are the blessings we ask."

- A parishioner from
St Edmunds Parish ; Loughton, Great Britian



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