First, blessing of the wine (and juice).
All cozy by the fire.
I drink you the love of St. John...
In continuing the spirit of Christmas and the Church's feast day of St. John the Apostle today, we had a little toast after dinner. There's a long line of tradition in drinking to the love of St. John, including a yummy warm wine drink, but I kept it simple. It was nice. The boys especially were impressed that St. John drank a poisoned cup unharmed after blessing it.
God, who through the blessed Apostle John have unlocked for us the secrets of your Word, grant, we pray, that we may grasp with proper understanding what he has so marvelously brought to our ears. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.