The Greek American Motorcycle Association (GAMA), a group of dozens of motorcycle riders from throughout the Chicagoland area and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago held their 5th Annual Motorcycle Blessing Service at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, Illinois.
The service was officiated by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, and began following Sunday services. In addition to blessing the motorcycles, the bishop insisted that the motorcyclists enter the church and receive a blessing inside, along with their families— including toddlers, who brought their own bikes.
Assumption’s priest, Rev. Sotirios (Sam) Dimitriou said “What better way to kick off the summer riding season than to have His Grace, Bishop Demetrios, bless all the riders along with their motorcycles, by saying a prayer for their safety.”
“GAMA’s annual motorcycle blessing is a wonderful way for our members and our fellow Chicagoland supporters in the motorcycle community to start each riding season with a Holy Blessing,” said GAMA President John Corasis. “It’s truly a spiritual feeling that gives you a sense of confidence riding your motorcycle throughout the riding season.”
“This is a wonderful and spiritual experience where Bishop Demetrios along with Fr. Sam Dimitriou bless the riders (along with their motorcycles) and wish them a safe riding season” said Nikos Karavitis, GAMA Media and Public Relations Officer. “It’s refreshing to see how the church continues to reach out and embrace motorcycle enthusiasts and how this blessing continues to grow every year.”
This 5th Annual event was also a fundraiser ride for the GAMA Scholarship Program. GAMA is proud to offer four $500 scholarships to attend the Greek Orthodox Fanari Camp, which is held at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Southern Wisconsin. The scholarships include transportation, room and board and activity fees at Fanari Camp.
More information on GAMA can be found on their website.