May 13, 2009

Blessing of Beer

My new Roman Ritual from PCP arrived today. I'll try to write a proper review once I've had some chance to use it. For now, here's my favorite item, the Benedictio cerevisiae. Fr. Weller translates this as the "Blessing of ale," but "beer" is equally correct as far as I can tell.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Bless, + O Lord, this creature, ale which by thy power has been produced from kernels of grain. May it be a healthful beverage to mankind, and grant that through the invoking of thy holy name to all who drink thereof may find it a help in body and protection in soul. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen

Amen, indeed.


LM said...

remember to vote:

early and often

Brother Charles said...

Thanks, LM!

Anonymous said...

Great post Father Charles. Check out "The Guiness Drinking Companion" on line (Google search brings it up). There is a little item entitled "Fraternal Drinking" in which the author has short phrases to describe the drinking practices of various religious orders: e.g., "to drink like a Capuchin is to drink drink like a Benedictine is to drink deeply...." etc.

Lee Strong said...

Hmm. Wonder how Secular Franciscans drink?

Paul A. Zalonski said...

The Roman Ritual is a great resource! Enjoy.

Jeanne said...

I'm the one who linked to your post from Facebook & Twitter. I've got such a diverse group of friends (Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu & Muslem, along with some who follow New Age stuff that defies definition) that I knew they would ALL get a kick out of it. It also got retweeted a few times. Hope it brings more people to your blog AND this online ministry - and a window into Catholicism, even if it is through a post about beer. :)

Brother Charles said...

Jeanne! Thanks for the encouragement and for solving the referrer log mystery that had me wondering all day!

Blessings to you in life and work!

DN said...

Well, not the *only* one linking from FB, I'm happy to say. :D

Brother Charles said...

Thanks, DN! May you and your beer be blessed!