Thursday, August 03, 2006

Blessing for Beer

Benedic, Domine, creaturam istam cerevisae, 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 corporis, et animae tutelam percipiant. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen

Bless, O Lord, this creature beer, that Thou hast been pleased to bring forth from the sweetness of the grain: that it might be a salutary remedy for the human race: and grant by the invocation of Thy holy name, that, whosoever drinks of it may obtain health of body and a sure safeguard for the soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(From the Rituale Romanum)


Anonymous George said...

What is the age of this invocation, and could it be correlative to the Rheinheitsgebot of the early 16th Century (the old German purity law, adherence to which produces such excellent lagers and pilseners)?
Makes me think that German brewing standards are somehow cohabitative with Catholic orthodoxy; whereas English pub ales and stouts, and American factory brews certainly reek of a Protestant ethic ;-)

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