The Official Catholic Beer Blessing

19208_Monch_Mit_Bierkrug_fOne of the great things about being Catholic is that the Church has quite literally thought of everything at some point or another. Some inventive cleric even thought to include a beer blessing in the Rituale Romanum (my parish also has an annual wine blessing). Creation is good. Beer is good. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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. Amen.

In Latin:

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.

V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus.

Bene+dic, 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

16 Responses to “The Official Catholic Beer Blessing”

  1. Jeff Walker Reply

    I’ll keep this prayer handy as I do my favorite toast over dinner when wine is served. It was composed by Hilaire Belloc:

    “Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
    There’s always laughter and good red wine.
    At least I’ve always found it so.
    Benedicamus Domino!”

  2. socratesismortal Reply

    Would you need a priest to say this blessing, or could a layman do it?

  3. I get a few visitors from this post every day. Apparently your readers like it. If you would like to use the image of the blessing from the rituale, just let me know.

  4. “I had to become a Catholic because its the only church that does not see a contradiction between a pint, a pipe and a pew.”,
    G.K. Chesteron

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