It’s the feast day of the plucky little lass from Ireland who penned one of my favorite little prayers of thankfulness and joy,
I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.
Hear, hear! In fact, her whole prayer gives me a warm feeling all over,
The Heavenly Banquet
Ascribed to St. Brigid of Ireland
I would like to have the men of Heaven
in my own house;
with vats of good cheer
laid out for them.
I would like to have the three Marys,
their fame is so great.
I would like people
from every corner of Heaven.
I would like them to be cheerful
in their drinking.
I would like to have Jesus, too,
here amongst them.
I would like a great lake of beer
for the King of Kings.
I would like to be watching Heaven’s family
Drinking it through all eternity.
Joanne McPortland: Bacon and Butter and Bathtub Beer: Why the Church Needs St Brigid, Bad.