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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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This post brings together three great offerings from France: good wine, great chant, and the Tour de France. I while ago I wrote about the wonderful wine made by the traditional Benedictine monks of Le Barroux in S. France. I … Read More
The other day I posted about the wine being produced, now available in these USA, by the great monks of Le Barroux. HERE Sad news from the Brussels Times, covered also by the SSPX. All the more reason to preserve TRADITION. … Read More
Today I read the newsletter from the wonderful Benedictine monks at Norcia, in Italy. These are traditional Benedictines, a high American component, who make wonderful beer, Birra Nursia, in the place where St. Benedict was born. You will recall that … Read More
It’s Father’s Day! Do your own father, or grandfather, and your parish priests a kindness. Send them some wonderful beer made by the great traditional Benedictine monks at Norcia, Italy. HERE This is terrific beer. Tell them Fr. Z sent … Read More
Here’s a refresher about a good opportunity news! The wonderful, traditional Benedictine monks in Norcia (Benedict’s place of birth) have a great deal on their beer just in time for the holiday season. How about beer with your savory Thanksgiving … Read More
NB: Scroll down for the Latin and English texts for the Blessing of Beer. You don’t want to miss this. It’s too important. And this has been a really tough year for priests, all things considered. Show a little love. … Read More
In my email I found something from the great Benedictines at Norcia. I’ll “Rosica” it by cutting and pasting… but no, I told you where it is from. Darn. Anyway, the formatting remains messy. Remember: BEER! Buy Beer … Read More
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 More
The fantastic Benedictine monks of Norcia, Italy, make fantastic beer! You can help this great traditional community by investing in their monthly beer club. HERE I just read a story on the BBC about a group of monks in the UK’s Leicestershire … Read More
At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald – PRINT edition [subscribe!] – there is a great piece about the Trappists of St. Joseph Abbey in Massachusetts who make great beer. There are some stories in the print edition that you can’t get … Read More
I received a note from the Benedictine Monks of Norcia, in Italy. They are still dealing with the aftermath of the horrible earthquakes that shook the region, bring down their ancient church and other buildings in the area. They make … Read More
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 … Read More
Remember the recent story about the priests who denied entry to a pub in Wales because the bouncer didn’t know what they were wearing… who they were? They were eventually admitted with apologies and applause and it all worked … Read More
News from Norcia! I warmly urge you to visit their site, check out their donation page, and consider joining their beer club. Speaking of beer, be sure to look at what they have going … below. Dear friends, In moments … Read More
I have good news and bad from the wonderful Benedictine Beer Monks of Norcia. You know that Norcia was flattened and that the monks have really had to scramble and adapt. This note came in their recent news: While there is … Read More
From a reader… I recently took up homebrewing as a hobby. Are there any traditional prayers, say from monastic brewers, that I can pray while I enjoy my new hobby? I’m reminded of the old chestnut about whether it is … Read More
Because of the great esteem I have for you, I want to remind you all that today is International Beer Day. I can’t think of a better way to commemorate this day than to… well, other than sending me a donation… than … Read More
Some people have been writing of late asking about gifts for newly ordained priests or for older priests for their anniversary. This is ordination season, after all. There are many priestly things you might get, usually after consulting with father, … Read More
UPDATE 5 February: From the the chant monks, the beer monks of Norcia… This week, the first major shipment of Birra Nursia left the walls of the monastery and of Norcia and began its long journey to the United States. … Read More
In the wake of not-so-great news, here is some wonderful news. Birra Nursia comes to these USA! Dear readers, I can testify that this is excellent beer. And it is made by monks who are worthy of your support. … Read More