Holy Ale

I couldn’t resist sharing this. For Christmas my wife Lorie gave me a book called The Beer Devotional. It contains this prayer from St. Brigid:

I’d like to give a lake of beer to God.                                                                                                                                                                          I’d love the Heavenly                                                                                                                                                                                                  Host to be tippling there                                                                                                                                                                                              For all eternity.

I’d sit with the men, the women of God                                                                                                                                                               There by the lake of beer                                                                                                                                                                                             We’d be drinking good health forever                                                                                                                                                                      And every drop would be a prayer.

The church has always had a healthy relationships with beer. There are actually four patron saints of beer including the great Christian scholar Augustine of Hippo and Nicholas of Myra (AKA Santa Claus). There is a long brewing tradition among monastaries in Europe. If there is a Protestant saint of beer it would be the great reformer Martin Luther. He is believed to have said, “Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” It seems that only in North America in the last century or so that beer has been snubbed by certain conservative parts of the church. Even St. Paul (1 Cor 9:25) knew that everything was ok in moderation. So in the words of Luther, “Let us drink beer!” nunc est bibendum.

 

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