About St. Ambrose
St. Ambrose was born somewhere between 337 and 340 AD in Trier, Germany. During the fourth century, he became an important, influential religious figure. He was also the Bishop of Mila and is one of the first four doctors of the Church.
The Legend of St. Ambrose
The father of St. Ambrose was a praetorian prefect of Gaul and his mother was an educated woman. They were a practicing Christian family and both of St. Ambrose’s brothers were also canonized as saints.
Legend has it that when St. Ambrose was an infant, a swarm of bees landed on his face. Instead of stinging him, they left a drop of honey on his face. In many later artworks of St. Ambrose, there are beehives and bees depicted in the painting. Because of this legend, he received the title, St. Ambrose Patron Saint of bee keepers, bees, candle makers, and domestic animals.