Bene+dic, Domine, creaturam istam cerevisea, quam ex adipe frumenti producer clignutus es: ut sit remedium sautare humano generi: et praesta per invocationem nominis tui sancti, ut, quicumque ex ea biberint, sanitatem corporis, et animae tutelam percipiant. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen (translation on website).
For those of you without the benefit of a proper education here is a rough translation:
Let us pray.
Bless, O Lord, this creature beer, which thou hast deigned to produce from the fat of grain: that it may be a salutary remedy to the human race, and grant through the invocation of thy holy name; that, whoever shall drink it, may gain health in body and peace in soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hawkeye must have spent most of Boxing Day (feast of Stephen) praying to Saint Wenceslaus, one of the many patron saints of brewers to save us from the biblical rain that had plagued us since the pagan Yule hash the week before, for he was truly blessed with perfect winter running conditions.
Not only was it unseasonably mild but the flood waters had parted leaving perfect running conditions under foot! In fact the Royal Standard at Wooburn Common witnessed several miracles that night, Rozy & I arrived on time, Mike was delivered from temptation and managed resist the allure of a Ginsters pasty from Beaconsfield M40 services and the entire hash was spared from moosing; losing their way and profanities of any description. An angelic calm covered the hash and nothing went wrong, Paul did manage to squeeze in a little moan that there was nothing to moan about which pretty much summed up the evening.
I do have a confession to make at this point, I don't have a scobby doo of where we went that night other than we set off through Odds Farm and it was a really good run. So any one who was not there and is hoping for an idea of the route you are going to be disappointed.
The charmed evening continued once back in the pub with 11 real ales to choose from! and chicken n chips, with the chips being some of the best we have sampled in 2015. All things considered an excellent end to the years hashing, many thanks Graham a great hash.
Ps. if you're wondering the Latin text is the official Catholic beer blessing.