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Did you remember Saint Swithin's day, Mon 15 July?

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Elizabethofseasons Report 15 Jul 2013 19:32

Dear All


Today is Saint Swithin's day.

The legend says, if it rains on Saint Swithin's feast day,
the rain will continue for 40 more days.

"St Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain na mair"

Saint Swithin was a Saxon bishop.

He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches.

His feast day is 15 July and his emblems are rain drops and apples.

Take gentle care
Best wishes
Elizabeth, EOS


LindainHerriotCountry Report 15 Jul 2013 19:34

I always remember it because it was my father's birthday


eRRolSheep Report 15 Jul 2013 19:35

Elizabeth I was thinking about that earlier.

the version I know goes...

St Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun's day if thou be fair
For forty days they'll moan on GaiR

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 15 Jul 2013 19:38

I heard it on tv this morning which reminded me - for a change it's been lovely (so far) so with a bit of luck we will have forty days of good weather? That'll do me !



CupCakes Report 15 Jul 2013 20:49

Haven't a clue who was St Swithin nor why he has a special day. :-|


StrayKitten Report 15 Jul 2013 20:50

wish it had rained :-| lol,

altho iv got a lovely tan ;-) ;-)


eRRolSheep Report 15 Jul 2013 20:51

CupCakes if you read the OP you might get a small clue


CupCakes Report 15 Jul 2013 22:14

Yes did read it but anything church goes completely over my head.
What is the reason for a special day. :-)


eRRolSheep Report 15 Jul 2013 22:22

I must be missing something


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 16 Jul 2013 00:04

Perhaps this will help CupCakes

Following on from EOS's OP is

Why do people watch the weather on St. Swithin's day?

A legend says that as the Bishop lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried out of doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to remove his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. According to legend there was a heavy rain storm either during the ceremony or on its anniversary.

This led to the old wives' tale (folklore) that if it rains on St Swithin's Day (July 15th), it will rain for the next 40 days in succession, and a fine 15th July will be followed by 40 days of fine weather. copied from

However, according to the Met Office, this old wives' tale is nothing other than a myth. It has been put to the test on 55 occasions*, when it has been wet on St Swithin's Day and 40 days of rain did not follow.



CupCakes Report 16 Jul 2013 10:30

Ok I now understand who he was and the rain business but why is he a saint and why does he have a special day - answers on a post card please ;-)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 16 Jul 2013 10:43

15 July - the day that he was moved into the Cathedral.

Why a Saint? Its usually because people that prayed to him for intercession with God believed that he cured them (or was the cause of the cure) of some ailment, or were a Marytr for their Faith. Althernatively, because he was considered a 'Holy' man during his lifetime and as such a good example to us lesser mortals!

A good topic for another thread, don't you think?


George Report 16 Jul 2013 10:44

Why are any of them called saints, a right load of mumbo jumbo, put up by the various cults (religions) :-( :-(

George :-)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 16 Jul 2013 10:50

Extracts from

Submission of mind and will to the Teachings of the Church.
Regular worthy reception of the Sacraments of Confession and Communion.
Leading a good moral life by getting rid of all sin including deliberate venial sins.
Regular prayer
Mortification, such as abstinence and fasting.
Accepting whatever God allows in ones life including suffering and illnesses.


What makes a person a saint is their high degree of unity with Christ.
The more united the person is to Christ the holier they are.
The closer the image of a soul is to the image of Christ, the more saintly that person is.

That rules most of us out then, doesn't it? :-D


CupCakes Report 16 Jul 2013 11:52

It's over my head - don't do church - creeps me out - always has since a child - have never read the bible either.


jax Report 16 Jul 2013 17:00

Oh Mersey looks like someone didn't like your comment....not that there was anything wrong with it of course

Yes I was a bridesmade 35 years ago on this day.....lovely weather....marriage didn't last though :-D


Mersey Report 16 Jul 2013 18:06

Oh dear me...all I said was "creeps you out" with two emoticons *shrugs shoulders*


eRRolSheep Report 16 Jul 2013 18:22

Mersey I saw nothing wrong with your comment which you said you were addressing to NanaSue/CupCakes.
Must be a mistake.


Mersey Report 16 Jul 2013 19:28

~~~~ Errol Mwoochios :-D, thanks Errol and Jax for making me feel im not losing me marbles....onward and upwards :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

by the way Errol thanks for all your help, very very much appreciated :-D <3