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 to those along the banks of the Mississippi who are cleaning up from severe flooding thanks to Hurricane Barry—chances are it doesn’t sound too bad to those of you in southern states who are experiencing drought conditions.
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 hot, dry skies, here’s hoping, in the name of St. Swithin, that you get your rain soon!