Blessing of The Bee Hives

Blessing of The Bee Hives

Every year the Bee Monks at Holy Cross Monastery bless the bee hives with holy water, prayer and hymns. This is a centuries old tradition in the Eastern Orthodox...
The Hidden Work of Bees and Monks

The Hidden Work of Bees and Monks

“My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste.” – Proverbs 24:13 It is an age-old tradition in monasteries to keep honey bees. This is particularly true in Russia, where accounts of monastic pilgrims down the line of...
A Beekeeper’s Prayer

A Beekeeper’s Prayer

Saints Zosimas and Sabbatius of Solovki blessing the bees O Master, Creator of the heavens and the earth and of all things, the little with the great, remember us who are thy creation as we are mindful of thy little creatures, the bees, in name of the Father and of...