Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blessing of Beer

We're all familiar with the quote attributed to Ben Franklin, "Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy." We're also well aware that he never said it. But it's an agreeable sentiment nonetheless. Did you know that the Roman Ritual of the Roman Catholic rite does provide an official blessing for beer? A priest friend who knows my interest in beer sent this along recently.

BLESSING OF BEER
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
Lord, bless + this creature, beer, which by your kindness and power has been produced from kernels of grain, and let it be a healthful drink for mankind. Grant that whoever drinks it with thanksgiving to your holy name may find it a help in body and in soul; through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.


As the smart readers of the Musings know, beer goes better with cheese. So of course there's a useful cheese blessing too.

BLESSING OF CHEESE OR BUTTER

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
Lord God almighty, if it please you, bless + and sanctify + this creature, cheese (or butter), which by your power has been made from the fat of animals. Grant that those of your faithful who eat it may be sated with a blessing from on high, with your grace and all good things; through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

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