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Monday, January 12, 2009

Favorite Blessing -- Use only in Moderation

Fr. Cranky comments on the blessings provided in the Book of Blessings. As part of the conversation, my favorite blessing from the Rituale Romanum was brought to mind:

Bless, + O Lord, this creature, ale which by thy power has been produced from kernels of grain. May it be a healthful beverage to mankind, and grant that through the invoking of thy holy name all who drink thereof may find it a help in body and protection in soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (English translation by Rev. Weller)

Of course, this should only be used in moderation.

(Edited to remove links to Fr. Cranky's blog, which is currently locked.)

5 comments:

Fimbrethil's Daughter said...

Father Sticha, how about leading a pilgrimage from our diocese to the Taybeh Oktoberfest? We could give real support to our brethren in Christ, and you could bless their microbrew!
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3168&Itemid=1

Fimbrethil's Daughter said...

Here's an even better link:

http://www.counterpunch.org/khoury09082008.html

(Scroll down to M. Khoury's story.)

Father Cory Sticha said...

Sounds great! That was a part of Palestine that we never visited during our pilgrimage a few years ago, so I didn't get to sample their fine product. The movement of goods are as restrictive as the article shows, but Coca-Cola is everywhere. Go figure.

Adoro said...

Re: Fr. Cranky - his site is now invite only. I don't know of anyone who's been invited, so suspect he's just closed it off.

I miss him. :-(

We all do.

Father Cory Sticha said...

I'm sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, I think there's a danger when a priest publicly sounds off too often. By the nature of the priesthood, many of the frustrations and annoyances shouldn't be aired in a public forum, such as an open blog. If a priest starts complaining in public too often, it will get back to the ears of the bishop who might not be as appreciative of the priest's openness. I'm not saying this is what happened to Fr. Cranky, but it is something that priests need to be very careful to avoid. It's possible he may have decided on his own to freeze his blog for a time, or even permanently. Either way, I agree that we'll miss hearing his insights and crankiness. ;)