Saint Philaret the Merciful was an example of virtue and practiced charity throughout his life. Even when he lost his lands, he used his beehives to help the poor. Thus, he is considered the Patron Saint of Beekeeping.
The Prayer of Saint Philaret for the Beekeepers
Despot Lord our God who has power over all creation, we bow to you and beseech you.
As you have blessed and multiplied the bees of your righteous Saint Philaret, bless also these bees of your servant (name) and multiply and strengthen them and make them thousands and myriads, and pour them out of the dynasty of the devil and all the schemes of enemies and deadly winds and infectious disease.
Protect them through your Holy Angels from every disease, every envy and temptation of medicine and charm, by the coming action of the devil, persecutors of them.
For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen.