Catholic Activity: St. Paul's Day, St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Dorothy Gladys Spicer explains the English custom of January 25 in honor of St. Paul. (St. Paul's Cathedral is part of the Church of England.) Today is a prognostic day regarding the future weather of the year.
On January 25, St. Paul's Cathedral holds an annual musical service, to commemorate its patron saint's conversion to Christianity. A rendering of Mendelssohn's "Saint Paul" is a feature of the event.
From early times St. Paul's Day has been as important to the countryman as to his music-loving city cousin, although for a different reason. In rural lore, upon January 25 depends the weather of the entire year!
The Shepherd's Almanack for 1676 states that sun on St. Paul's means a good year; rain or snow foretells indifferent weather; a mist means want, and thunder twelve months of wind and death. Another prediction is that
If Saint Paul's day be faire and cleare If doth betide a happy yeare; But if by chance it then should rain It will make deare all kinds of graine; And if ye clouds make dark ye skie, Then neats and fowls this yeare shall die; If blustering winds do blow aloff, Then wars shall trouble ye realm full oft.
Activity Source: Yearbook of English Festivals by Dorothy Gladys Spicer, The H. W. Wilson Company, New York, NY, 1954