I’ll take this opportunity, ahead of time, to remind the readership that 9 September is
International Buy a Priest a Beer Day!
What a great opportunity to show support to your local priests and those brilliant, beloved priests whom you read via the interwebs.
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!
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.
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.
And it is sprinkled with holy water.