Culture clashing between taverns and churches on the South Side, a joke of a prayer.


South Side's Clashing of Taverns and Churches

There is said to be both a Church and a tavern on every corner in the South Side. This is sorta true, but in recent decades the taverns have seem to have been growing with more robustness.

The local tavern owners do get along with the churches, on most issues. For example, the local tavern owners do NOT want riverboat gambling. Same too with the organization, "No Dice." No Dice has some deep roots within the local churches. The following prayer combines the tavern and church cultures. Yes, this is a JOKE.

The Beer Prayer
Our lager,
Which art in barrels,
Hallowed be thy drink,
Thy will be drunk,
(I will be drunk),
At home as I am in the tavern.
Give us this day our foamy head,
And forgive us our spillages,
As we forgive those who spill against us,
And lead us not to incarceration,
But deliver us from hangovers,
For thine is the beer,
The bitter and the lager,
Forever and ever,

About the author 

Mark Rauterkus

Swim, SKWIM and Water Polo coach and publisher in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a nonprofit advocate organization and webmaster to the International Swim Coaches Association. Head varsity and middle-school swim coach for The Ellis School. Former candidate for public office on multiple occasions.

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