Saint John Chrysostom – 13th November

Bishop of Constantinople and Doctor of the Church (Golden Mouth) (c.347-407) John was born in Antioch, (modern day Turkey) in 347.  His father, a high-ranking military officer, died soon after his birth and he was raised by his mother who was a Christian. John was educated by the pagan preacher Libanius from whom he learnt oratory … Continue reading Saint John Chrysostom – 13th November

The Dahlia Bishops

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11 A highlight of late summer, the Dahlia Bishops are a joy to behold, whether pottering in the garden, or strolling through … Continue reading The Dahlia Bishops

Feast Day of St. Swithun – 15th July

St Swithun is apparently the saint you can blame for rainy summers.  It is said that if it rains on his special day, 15th July, it will rain for forty days after that! It all began when Swithun was made Bishop of Winchester in 852 by King Ethelwulf of Wessex.  It was an important posting; Winchester … Continue reading Feast Day of St. Swithun – 15th July