ACTION ITEM! 9 September is #IBAPABD – International Buy A Priest A Beer Day!

You don’t want to miss this.  It’s too important.

Saturday 9 September is

International Buy A Priest A Beer Day!

You will want to obtain and deliver beer to your priests.  I will share some Norcia Beer with the guys here.  (Do visit their site – they need lots of support since the terrible earthquakes in Central Italy.)

Should any of you want to provide the undersigned (aka Father Z) with a beer one time, try this.  I’ll helpfully post this now, so you can avoid the rush on Sunday.



If some of you want to subscribe (to buy me a beer) once a month, you can use the thingy, below.  Again, avoid the rush and sign up now!

Some options

Card. Ratzinger thinks you should subscribe!

Beer is so much more than just a great breakfast drink.  It’s a sign of cordial support and good cheer.

Also, there is a blessing for beer in the old Rituale Romanum which a priest can impart.

When you bring beer to the priest, bring this prayer along and ask him to bless it and all the beer you bought for yourself!

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.


Benedic +, 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.

Or else…

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.

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  1. APX says:

    Don’t forget there’s also a Blessing for Beer! Don’t drink unblessed beer!

  2. Cafea Fruor says:

    You can always invite your priest over for a beer, too, and offer him some Christian hops-pitality.

    And then maybe you can pray for him to St. Arnulf of Metz, the patron of beer brewers, who really helps with whatever ales you.

  3. Mario Bird says:


    Faith, these youngling priests know not what beer is, nor could be, nor has been. Belike them to drink Natural Ice – ’tis neither natural, nor ice, nor beer, but the mere drizzle of an unworthier ale which sired it. Or Milwaukee’s Best – worst. Or – rank blasphemy! – Der Pabst Blaues Band. Zounds, had our good German Shepherd ventured further inland on his apostle-ship to these States, no doubt he would have anathematized the swill and placed it on the index of Forbidden Beers.

    Now good beer hath a threefold operation in it, for as Belloc has it, all holy things are trine. Ay, and if Belloc did not have it, why his comrades Chesterton and Baring would have, and that’s a little trinity. But good beer, I say, is three – it sizzles the tongue, it quenches the maw, and it warms the blood. Sizzle, I say, as it burns the tailings of food and foulness and frippery that linger and purge it of insipidity – hence, it is St. James’ Sword, the Tongue-Tamer. Quench, I say, as it eases the hole in the heart, and suddenly but happily shows our incapacity – hence, it is St. Augustine’s Confession, the little Heart-Rester. Warm, I say, because it stokes with tinder and dry wood the dying embers of neighborly charity, whereby we wish our friends, our acquaintances, our enemies – nay, even the Jesuits – multos annos, benison, and good cheer. Hence, it is St. Brigid’s Lake, the Mercy-Pitcher. Marry, were I elected Pope Pius Clementus Ganganellius the Firstus, the first Bull I would issue would be that St. Paul’s Agape Feast be reinstituted once a month after First Sunday’s Holy Mass, with good beer, solid beer, beer which cannot be peered through, and for all my priests to forswear thin potations and minister unto their flocks this lively charity.

  4. Gregorius says:

    Is it acceptable to make a priest beer instead?

  5. Gregorius says:

    That is, make beer for a priest, not make a priest into beer!

    [Thanks for the timely clarification! And, yes, do make beer for priests. Good beer.   o{]:¬)   ]

  6. lmgilbert says:

    An account of a Miracle of St. Bernard of Clairvaux which, Gregorius, could arguably be titled, St. Bernard Turns Beer into Monks!

    “A band of noble knights once turned aside at Clairvaux to see the place and its saintly Abbot. The date was close to Lent, when more or less all such youngsters interested in the world’s knighthood do the circuit of those accursed fairs, vulgarly known as ‘tournaments.’ Bernard, accordingly, was moving toward requesting that, just for the few days left before Lent, they would not use their weapons. But their minds were obstinately made up and they refused to go along with his suggestion. So he answered: ‘I am confident in the Lord ( Rom 14:14) that he will grant me the truce you deny me.’

    “Then he summoned a brother and bade him serve them beer. This he blessed and proposed a toast to their souls. All of them drank the toast, but some only reluctantly, for they loved the world and they had forebodings of what effect they would experience from that toast, once God had acted upon it.

    “After leaving the monastery gates, they conversed together, gradually stirring up a flame amongst themselves, for their heart was burning within them ( Lk 24;32). God was inspiring them and his world was swiftly running its course ( Ps 147:15). So back they turned that very hour, turned from their ways, converts now, ready to offer their hand for the knighthood of the Spirit.

    “Some of them are militant in God’s service still to this day, others are reigning with him in glory, already loose from the chains of the flesh.”

    Bernard of Clairvaux, Early Biographies ( Carlton, OR: Guadalupe, 2112), 49. This is from an account of William of St. Thierry. Most notable to me is his and presumably Bernard’s view that a priestly blessing is equivalent to God acting upon the blessed object. What did I think a blessing was, after all? Still, I never heard it framed in those terms.

  7. MissBee says:

    I can’t post a photo so I tweeted it:

    Qui bibit, dormit;
    qui dormit, non peccat;
    qui non peccat, sanctus est;
    ergo: qui bibit, sanctus est.

  8. Cafea Fruor says:

    @MissBee: Uh oh. I’m a little worried about what that says about me!

    Qui bibit cafeam, vigilat;
    Qui vigilat…?

    Maybe I should switch to beer for the sake of holiness? ;-)

  9. MissBee says:

    Cafea Fruor, excellent point ;) It’s 2:00 MT … cafemus!

  10. Precentrix says:

    @Cafea Fruor,

    …non intrat in tentationem?

    (sorry… my Latin is really bad these days).

  11. Flos Carmeli says:

    This comment thread is fun! I just had a chuckle with my (Latin-studying, homeschooling) 9th grader over Miss Bee’s post and the responses. :)

    [My work here is done. NO! Wait! It isn’t! MORE BEER, PLEASE!]

  12. Flos Carmeli says:

    Fr. Z says [My work here is done. NO! Wait! It isn’t! MORE BEER, PLEASE!]


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