On January 30, we commemorate in the Orthodox Church The Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom.
One of the Matins hymns for the Feast appealed to me because of my interest in our friendly pollinators, the blessed bees.
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!