V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
Lord God almighty,
You have created heaven and earth,
and all the animals existing on the earth
and in the earth and the air,
that men might make use of them.
You have also directed that the priests of Your holy Church
should in the House of God light candles
made of the work of bees
while that sacred ministry is being performed
in which the most holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Your Son,
becomes present and is consumed.
May Your blessing come down upon these bees and these beehives.
May they multiply and be fruitful and be preserved from all evils,
so that the product which comes from them may be used to praise You,
Your Son, and the Holy Spirit,
and the most blessed Virgin Mary,
through the same Christ our Lord.
(Then the bees are sprinkled with holy water.)