25 November 2012

"Stir Up" Your Sunday

With nothing to do with horses and stirrups!

In Great Britain, the final Sunday of the Liturgical year, the Sunday before Advent begins, is "Stir-Up Sunday," taken from the Collect for the day from the Book of Common Prayer:

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

Since a good Christmas "pud" needs to rest for some weeks before Christmas, it was traditional to bake the pudding on Stir-Up Sunday and then put it in a cool dry place until the holiday.


Stir Up Sunday and Christmas Pudding Traditions

Stir-Up Sunday and Christmas Pudding

John Lewis: Stir-Up Sunday

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