July 2, July 15 – Saint Swithin: Patron Saint of Drought Relief

Saint Saint Swithin: Patron Saint of Drought Relief (Feast Dates: July 2, July 15)

Extract from  The Golden Legend: The Life of Saint Swithin: “Saint Swithin, the holy confessor, was born beside Winchester in the time of Saint Egbert, king. He was the seventh king after Kenulf that Saint Birinus christened. For Saint Austin christened not all England in Saint Ethelbert’s days, but Saint Birinus christened the west part of England in the days of Kenulf the king. And at that time this holy Saint Swithin served our Lady so devoutly that all people that knew him had great joy of his holiness, and Elmeston, that was in that time Bishop of Winchester, made him priest. .. . when Elmeston the Bishop of Winchester was dead, Swithin was made Bishop there after him, whereof the people were full glad, and by his holy living he caused the people to live virtuously, and to pay their tithes to God and holy church. . . . Saint Swithin guided full well his bishopric, and did much good to the town of Winchester in his time. He did do make without the west gate of the town a fair bridge of stone at his proper cost. And on a time there came a woman over the bridge with her lap full of eggs, and a reckless fellow struggled and wrestled with her, and brake all her eggs. And it happed that this holy bishop came that way the same time, and bade the woman let him see her eggs, and anon he lift up his hand and blessed the eggs, and they were made whole and sound, ever each one, by the merits of this holy bishop, and being then glad she thanked God and this holy man for the miracle that was done to her.” See picture of St. Swithin.  See also:  Swithun, Saint Swithun. VIDEO: St. Swithun: A case study in medieval pilgrimage.


 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Swithin on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Clean Water Shortage in Sudan (May, 2012) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 21 – June 3, 2012.


Articles and Websites:


Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia:  Swithun


Bartleby.com:  St. Swithin or Swithun, Bishop and Patron of Winchester, Confessor
BBC Religions:  Saint Swithin
Britannia Biographies:  St. Swithun
Catholic Encyclopedias:  St. Swithin
Catholic Forum:  The Golden Legend, The Life of Saint Swithin
CatholicIreland.net:  St Swithun (d. 862) bishop of Winchester
Catholic Online:  St. Swithun
Catholic Saints:  Saint Swithin
Encyclopedia Britannica:  Saint Swithun
eNotes:  Swithun
Everything:  Saint Swithun
Knights of the Round Table:  Saint Swithun
NNDB Tracking the Whole World:  Saint Swithun
Re:Quest:  Saint Swithun (died 2nd July 862)                                                          Saints.SQPN.com:  Saint Swithun
Saint Swithun:  Saint Swithun (PDF)
Saint Swithun:  Saint Swithun (PDF)
Ward’s Book of Days:  JULY 15th On this day in history in 971, St Swithun was reburied in Winchester Cathedral causing a storm which lasted for 40 days.


Dizkis, Activities and Resources for Children:  Saint Swithun’s Day


British Life and Culture:  St. Swithun’s Day
DanDanTheWeatherMan:  Saint Swithin’s Day
History and Traditions of England:  St. Swithin and predicting English weather in the summer
Weather Online:  St. Swithun’s Day

Monuments and Pilgrimages:

British Shrines:  St. Swithun’s Shrine at Winchester Cathedral
HantsWeb:  St. Swithun’s Way
Saint Swithun’s Cottage:  Now probably Berkshire’s finest B&B but once upon a time it was………
Welcome to the Source Online Archive:  The Wells of St. Swithun


JSTOR.org:  Saint Swithun

Videos and Books:

Amazon.com:  The Cult of St Swithun (Winchester Studies)
Amazon.co.uk:  Saint Swithun: Patron Saint of Winchester (Book)
Austenonly Jane Austen’s life, times and works explained and discussed:  When Winchester Races-a poem for St Swithin’s Day
Google Books:  The Cult of St. Swithun
YouTube.com:  David Knopfler – A Clear Day (St Swithun’s Day) (Slide-Guitar by Chris Rea)


That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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