St Swithun’s Day is 15 July and this year 2018 it falls on a Sunday.
The patronal festival of Winchester Cathedral will of course be observed on Sunday.
However, the procession to the shrine site at the end of evensong is on Saturday 14 July. The service begins at 4.30pm.
Many of the Cathedral Friends will be present following their AGM.
Sunday is the Translation of St Swithun with the Foundation Eucharist at 10am (setting: Rheinberger Missa Sanctae) and Festal Evensong for St Swithun at 3.30pm.
Translation refers to the moving of Swithun’s body which gave rise to the forty days of rain or sun after St Swithun’s Day claim. This year the weather is suddenly looking uncertain.
**If you are thinking of starting out on your pilgrimage to Canterbury this weekend be warned that St Swithun’s Church at Martyr Worthy celebrated last weekend because, being one of the four Itchen Valley Churches, has no service on 15 July.