Catechesis on Bees and Blessing Honey


There is a great post at The New Liturgical Movement on an Eastern Tradition of honey blessing. It speaks about the sacramentality of creation and the integration between the spiritual and natural in Christianity that comes about in the Incarnation. I have spoken about this before here and here.  The pictures are beautiful:

And here its worth mentioning an address by Pope Pius XII on Bees, on November 27th, 1948, made by Pius XII to beekeepers on the lessons of bees for mankind. The full address can be seen here and the introduction is an excellent summary of bees in literature, Scripture and the Church’s tradition. Below the last words of the Pope to beekeepers:

As for you, beloved sons, who while bending over your beehives perform with all care the most varied and delicate work for your bees, let your spirits rise in mystic flight to experience the kindness of God, to taste the sweetness of His word and His law (Ps. 18:11; 118: 103), to contemplate the divine light symbolized by the burning flame of the candle, product of the mother bee, as the Church sings in her admirable liturgy of Holy Saturday: <Alitur enim liquantibus ceris, quas in substantiam pretiosae hujus lampadis apis mater eduxit>. (For it is nourished by the melting wax, which the mother bee produced for the substance of this precious light.)

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