To swallow a fly…

Earlier in the week Kathy Schiffer mentioned the old woman who swallowed a fly… and tomorrow is St Blaise day with the blessing of throats–which you would need if you swallowed a fly or a bee, and now Fr. Z posts here on what a priest is supposed to do if a creepy crawly of some sort gets into the chalice after the consecration. It seems the old books tell you what to do, and Fr. Z–with his usual attention to rather arcane detail outlines the process.

It all has to do with pins from maniples, drying and burning the poor creature and disposing of the cremains.

Which is much more mundane solution than that of a friend of mine who had a wasp zoom in the window and dive bomb into the chalice right after the consecration. The yellowjacket was mad as a hornet–if you like–and swimming around in circles. The astonished priest was also quite experienced as an exorcist, so almost without thinking he leaned over the chalice, closed his eyes and the stared at the offending insect and said, “In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, I command you to come out!”

At which point the insect leaped up from his swimming, out of the chalice, circled once to get his bearings and flew out the window.

Of course John the Baptist had another solution to pesky insects. He ate them with a delicate dressing of honey.

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