Drink to Me, Drink to My Health
Thursday July 10th 2008, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Patristics

The first bishop of my city was Michael O’Connor, an Irish teetotaler who looked askance at the local German monks who brewed their own beer. When he asked them to stop, the monks protested that they were simply doing what monks have always done.

Mike Sullivan, president of Catholics United for the Faith, passed me the following “Blessing of Beer,” from the old Roman Ritual of Pius V. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the benediction went back to the age of Benedict.

Anyway, here goes, to begin your next libation:

Benedictio Cerevisiae
V. Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.
Bene+dic, Domine, creaturam istam cerevisiae, quam ex adipe frumenti producere dignatus es: ut sit remedium salutare humano generi, et praesta per invocationem nominis tui sancti; ut, quicumque ex ea biberint, sanitatem corpus et animae tutelam percipiant. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R. Amen.


Et aspergatur aqua benedicta.

English translation
Blessing of Beer
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 beer, which thou hast deigned to produce from the fat of grain: that it may be a salutary remedy to the human race, and grant through the invocation of thy holy name; that, whoever shall drink it, may gain health in body and peace in soul. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.
And it is sprinkled with holy water.

I’m told that the translation first appeared at Hermeneutic of Continuity.


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I wish all the beer I drank was blessed like that. Monks do make some of the best beer. I also like something called “Hop Pocket Ale”, which is very expensive but half of all proceeds go to feed the homeless.

Comment by Joseph the Worker 07.10.08 @ 4:53 pm

I love being Catholic!

Comment by Joe 07.11.08 @ 9:08 am

I have to leave a comment, given that beer tasting/brewing is somewhat a hobby of mine. My favorite style of beer is what is termed Trappist Ales. The term is legally allowed only to some six breweries, most are in Belgium. The breweries are actually Trappist monasteries where the monks brew beer according to recipes going back centuries. The style has been copied as is its own larger group called Abbey Ales.
I, too, love being Catholic!

Comment by Scott 07.14.08 @ 12:22 pm

I too am delighted and fully enjoying being Catholic! A Fish fry & A Beer. Hmm,sounds like a good little novel-to-be. Great post, Mike. I must send it to my son, who’s begun brewing beer in Denver. He brought some home to us a couple of weeks ago and it was quite good, for an amateur. CHEERS!

Comment by susie 07.18.08 @ 11:04 pm



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