From a reader:
Dear Fr. Z,
Happy Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist! Again, I want to thank you for all you do and especially for your clear analysis.
I have a question regarding this solemnity. When I was growing up, my father would never allow us to go swimming before St. John the Baptist day because, he said, the water was blessed that day (and we would be protected from drowning).
I have never heard about this from any other source. Are you aware of any Church tradition regarding blessing of the water on this day? Is it, perhaps, just a Polish tradition?
My my,… I have never heard that one.
Perhaps some reader can chime in.