Three Hierarchs: Apis mellifera

On January 30 we Orthodox celebrate the Synaxis of the Three Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Sts Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.   At Matins that morning I especially enjoyed one of the hymns which used a favorite imagery of mine: honey bees (Apis mellifera = bees honey-bearing).

The Three Holy Hierarchs are imaged as being like those wonderful honey bearers.  Maybe its the coldness of winter, but I thought it a good time to share the warmth of the hymn.

Like bees hovering over the meadow of the scriptures,

You embraced the wonderful pollen of their flowers.

Together you have produced for all the faithful

The honey of your teachings for their complete delight.

Therefore as we each enjoy this, we cry out with gladness:

Blessed ones, even after death, be advocates for us who praise you!