“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” ~ Ephesian 6:18
The ancient Celtic tradition of the prayer beehive hut, or Clochán, goes back to the 8th century. Many were used by the monks who followed Irish saints like Saint Patrick, Columba, and others. Successors to these spiritual fathers carried on this architectural tradition to the Scottish Isle of Iona and eventually via St. Aidan to the eastern English Islands. In addition to the structures common to all monasteries, these beehive huts were used for individual retreat, prayer, and fasting for days or weeks at a time.
While we can’t join the monks in building actual beehive huts, we can join them in the spirit of prayer and intercession through which they were made. Thanks to The Rev. Len Cowan, our Diocesan Intercessor, the ADNE Prayer Hive initiative is set up to encourage all of our churches to “get away” and sow in prayer for what we need in harvest. It is more than just an opportunity to submit your prayer requests; it is an opportunity to join others in worship and prayer. We look forward to joining our clergy, lay leaders, and other laity and intercessors from around New England in prayer, who are passionate about seeking the Lord’s will.