Listers, the following prayers are used to bless wine. The blessing is traditionally said on December 27th, the feast day of St. John the Apostle. It is a toast to his love of Christ, and stems from the legend that he was protected by God after imbibing poisoned wine.

It is traditional to make and drink mulled wine on the feast day of St. John. The following blessings are rooted in the hagiography of St. John, but they are blessings that can be said year round. 

1. Catholic Blessing of the Wine – Toast to St. John #1

Graciously bless and sanctify, O Lord God,
this wine and this drink with Thy right hand,
and grant that by the merits of Saint John,
Apostle and Evangelist,
all who believe in Thee
and partake of this wine
may be blessed and protected.
And as Saint John drank poison from a cup
and was unharmed,
so may all those who this day drink of this cup
in honor of Saint John
be preserved from all poisoning
and other harmful things,
and as they offer themselves to Thee
in body and soul
may they be free of all guilt.
Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Bless, O Lord,
this drink which Thou hast created,
that it may be a salutary remedy
for all who partake of it,
and grant that all who taste of it may,
by invoking Thy holy name,
receive health for body and soul.
Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

And may the blessing of Almighty God,
of the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
come down upon this wine
and any other drink,
and remain forever.

R. Amen.

A Maronite monk picks a bottle of organic wine at the reserve of the monastery of Mar Mussa in the mountains northeast of Beirut on January 14, 2010. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID

2. Catholic Blessing of the Wine – Toast to St. John #2

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Be so kind as to bless and consecrate with Your right hand, Lord,
this cup of wine, and every drink.
Grant that by the merits of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist,
all who believe in You and drink of this cup
may be blessed and protected.
Blessed John drank poison from the cup,
and was in no way harmed.
So, too, may all who this day drink from this cup
in honor of blessed John, by his merits,
be freed from every sickness by poisoning
and from any harms whatever.
And, when they have offered themselves in both soul and body,
may they be freed, too, from every fault,
through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Bless, Lord, this beverage which You have made.
May it be a healthful refreshment to all who drink of it.
And grant by the invocation of Your holy name
that whoever tastes of it may,
by Your generosity receive health of both soul and body,
through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
descend upon this wine which He has made,
and upon every drink, and remain always,

R. Amen.

Then the wine is sprinkled with holy water.
If this blessing is given outside of Mass, the priest performs it in the manner described above, but with surplice and stole.