Stir up Sunday

Church News | Monday, 21 November 2016 |

By Joan

Home made or shop bought?

Home made or shop bought?

On this the last Sunday before Advent we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. But before 1970 this was not the case: The Book of Common Prayer rather quaintly calls the Sunday the "next before Advent". However, many of us know this Sunday by a much more traditional name; Stir up Sunday.

On this Sunday families gather to mix together the ingredients of the Christmas pudding, each family member taking a turn to stir and make a wish for the coming year. The stirring is always in the direction East to West to recall the coming of the wise men from the East

So, have you ever wondered why it is that this particular Sunday is stir up Sunday; is it just that five weeks is the perfect length of time to mature a Christmas pudding?

No, it's all rooted in the Book of Common Prayer where we find the collect for this day reading thus:

Stir up O Lord we beseech thee, the wills of thy faithful people, that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruits of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Whether you are stirring up your Christmas pudding today or buying it readymade, pray that God will continue to stir us up to do good works in his name in this place. Revd Anne

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