The Greek American Motorcycle Association (GAMA) and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago held their 4th Annual Motorcycle Blessing Service today in the cold drizzle at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen.
Despite the near freezing wet weather, the annual event gathered dozens of bikers. The service was officiated by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.
Rev. Sam Dimitriou— a GAMA member himself and an avid biker noted, “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 4th Annual event is also a fundraiser ride for the GAMA Scholarship Program. The fundraiser ride began immediately following the blessing service and raised $1940.00 this year.
GAMA offers four scholarships to youth who attend the Greek Orthodox Fanari Summer Camp. To apply for the $500 scholarships, students must submit an application by May 31, 2016. Every applicant is required to submit a short essay which will help the selection committee to understand their motivations and desires to attend Fanari Camp. Winners will be selected by June 4, 2016. The scholarships include transportation, room and board and activity fees at Fanari Camp. The application can be found on the GAMA web site.
Photos from the GAMA Bike Blessing: