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Today is St. Swithin’s Day

July 15 is St. Swithin’s Day, a church holiday honoring St. Swithin (also spelled Swithun), a medieval Ango-Saxon bishop, and the patron saint of Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire, England.

We’ve written about St. Swithin before, particularly about the bit of old folklore that states that, if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, the rain will continue for 40 days.

While the thought of 40 days rain isn’t likely very appealing to most – especially those along the banks of the Mississippi who are still cleaning up from severe flooding this past spring – chances are it doesn’t sound too bad to those of you in southern states who are experiencing the worst drought conditions in a generation.

In addition to his role in this old lore, St. Swithin is also one of the saints traditionally prayed to during periods of drought. For those of you sweating it out under the hot, dry skies of Texas and the Southwest, here’s hoping, in the name of St. Swithin, that you get your rain soon!

2 comments

1 LLFarm { 07.20.11 at 8:20 am }

Oh please our Heavenly Father God, let it rain today, so it shall renew & refresh all our land!!!!!

2 Frutero { 07.15.11 at 3:56 pm }

The Thunder Moon came in shortly after 2:30 A.M., accompanied by long, low drumrolls of distant thunder. Today, the famous I-4 Corridor/ Thunder Road storms set in, and we should, indeed, have them every day until September… not because of blessed St. Swithin, but because of the Florida rainy season.

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