This weekend was the memorial for Saint Ambrose, patron saint of beekeeping, bees, hives, and candle-making.
There is a legend that as an infant, a swarm of bees settled on his face while he lay in his cradle, leaving behind a drop of honey. His father considered this a sign of his future eloquence and honeyed tongue. For this reason, bees and beehives often appear in the saint's symbology.
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