Father Orthoduck is not a morning person. Father Orthoduck has never been a morning person. Father Orthoduck is unintelligible early in the morning. On some Sundays, he is in danger of staring at the altar in a stupor near to forgetting what he is supposed to be doing. You see, Father Orthoduck does not wake up easily and as a result is a coffee person. Coffee must be necessary to a proper diet. Father Orthoduck is sure that it must say that somewhere.
Fortunately, Father Orthoduck has an excellent reason to consider coffee a most Orthodox drink. There are several legendary accounts of the discovery of coffee. However, Father Orthoduck supports the following one, as it allows him to have an absolute self-justification for drinking coffee:
The Italian Journal of the Savants for the year 1760 says that two monks, Scialdi and Ayduis, were the first to discover the properties of coffee, and for this reason became the object of special prayers. … The most popular legend ascribes the discovery of the drink to an Arabian herdsman in upper Egypt, or Abyssinia, who complained to the abbot of a neighboring monastery that the goats confided to his care became unusually frolicsome after eating the berries of certain shrubs found near their feeding ground. The abbot, having observed the fact, determined to try the virtues of the berry on himself. He, too, responded with a new exhilaration. Accordingly, he directed that some be boiled, and the decoction drunk by his monks, who thereafter found no difficulty in keeping awake during the religious services of the night. …”
While Father Orthoduck’s quote of the account above is utterly self-serving, he can readily imagine how the discovery of coffee could lead to “special prayers” of thanksgiving. He most certainly thanks God for giving us coffee, especially when he is inhaling its wonderful aroma in the morning and drinking its marvelous potion. Yes, thanks Lord for the gift of coffee.