FEAST OF ST. SWITHUN, BISHOP OF WINCHESTER.
Born presumably towards the commencement of the ninth century: died in the year 862. (Strictly speaking, however, it appears that the 2d of July is St. Swithun's own day, the 15th the day of the Translation of his remains.)
WE read that in his youth St. Swithun was distinguished by humility. "Before honor is humility." In later life he became the associate and counsellor of kings, directing, assisting, reproving them.
Whatever else we may or may not know of this eminent Prelate, we are almost certain to connect an idea of fine or wet weather with the day of his Translation. The story goes how by a downpour of rain he opposed the removal of his body, although at length that removal was effected.
If we connect this alleged opposition with the saint's humility, the legend will serve to illustrate the virtue. And as everything under the sun may be turned to good account, this story must be susceptible of the process: shall it teach us humility?