Blessing of the Beer

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Beer has been important in human history. So much so that the earliest known civilization in the world, the ancient Sumerians, called it "the divine drink." They even had a hymn for it (incidentally, the hymn was also a recipe to brew beer - those clever Sumerians!)

Scribal Terror blog has a neat post about the Religious History of Beer, including an official beer-blessing ritual of the Roman Catholic:

Bless, O Lord, this creature beer, that Thou hast been pleased to bring forth from the sweetness of the grain: that it might be a salutary remedy for the human race: and grant by the invocation of Thy holy name, that, whosoever drinks of it may obtain health of body and a sure safeguard for the soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

http://scribalterror.blogs.com/scribal_terror/2008/02/the-religious-h.html (Photo: White Around the Collar - via Per Christum)


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The Pope used to live in Freising, Germany when he taught at a divinity school there. The same town holds the worlds oldest operating brewery, Weihenstephan, which was founded by monks over a 1000 years ago.
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