Blessing of Bees / Benedictio Apum (1872 Rituale Romanum)

Adjutórium nostrum in nómine Dómini.
Qui fecit cælum et terram.
Dóminus vobíscum.  Et cum spíritu tuo.

Orémus. Oratio

ómine Deus Omnípotens, qui creásti cælum et terram, et ómnia animália super ae et in eis exsisténtia, ut eis uteréntur hómines; quique jussísti per minístros sacrosánctæ Ecclésiæ céreos ex opéribus apum adúctos in templo, dum sacrum perágitur ministéreium, in quo confícitur et súmitur sacrosánctum Corpus et Sanguis Jesu Christi Fílii tui, accéndi; descéndat tua sancta bene díctio super has apes et hæc alvearia; ut multíplicent, fructíficent et conservéntur ab ómnibus malis, ita ut fructus ex eis proveniéntes ad laudem tuam, Fílii et Spíritus Sancti, beatissimǽque Virginis Maríæ dispenséntur. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.
Et alvearia aspergantur aqua benedicta.


P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you. All: And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord God almighty, who made the heavens and the earth, and all living things in the air and on land for the use of mankind; who ordered, through the ministers of holy Church, that candles made from the industry of bees should be lighted during the solemn mystery in which the most sacred body and blood of Jesus Christ, your Son, is confected and consumed; send your holy blessing upon these bees and these beehives, causing them to multiply and produce and to be kept from harm, so that their yield of wax can be turned to your honor, to that of the Son and Holy Ghost, and to the veneration of the blessed Virgin Mary. Through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.
The hives are sprinkled with holy water.


Rick Orr, Mystic Flight Apiary

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