Bees at Ampleforth
Some pictures of our hard-working pollinators busy in the Abbey orchard.
Fr Prior writes: 'Ampleforth Abbey has about six acres of apple orchard. Some of the apples appear in the monastery for the monks to eat, but most these days are used to make apple juice, cider and other drinks. Monks are involved especially when it comes to picking the apples. But there would no apples unless the trees are pollinated. This is the crucial time of the year. The bees in their hives are going flat out on the warm spring days, collecting nectar and incidentally transferring pollen from one flower to another. And in honey they produce a delicious by-product.'
From the 'Exsultet'
(Easter Proclamation at the Easter Vigil)
On this, your night of grace, O holy Father,
accept this candle, a solemn offering,
the work of bees and of your servants’ hands,
an evening sacrifice of praise,
this gift from your most holy Church.
But now we know the praises of this pillar,
which glowing fire ignites for God's honour,
a fire into many flames divided,
yet never dimmed by sharing of its light,
for it is fed by melting wax,
drawn out by mother bees
to build a torch so precious.
Excerpt from the English translation of the Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved