Weekend To Do

This Sunday is Stir Up Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent Sunday.
So-called because in the Book of Common Prayer the collect for that day is:

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.

It has become the traditional day on which to stir up your Christmas pudding if you haven't already done so.


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  1. I was unaware of the origin of Stir up Sunday because I was not brought up in the C of E tradition. Thomas Cranmer's language is beautiful isn't it?

  2. For some reason I was given lots (3) Christmas puddings last year so I shall be making mincemeat & Christmas cake instead...

    The origins of how you get from 'stirring up the wills of the faithful' to making a christmas pud still elude me...(unless it's something to do with the fruit of good works?)

  3. Ooh a reminder - much needed. Thats our job for the weekend then :)

  4. Thrifty Household, I think it's just the stirring up bit that relates to puddings.

  5. Sue, posting that to-do list was a very kind thing to do ! And I now feel very silly for not doing my research properly before posting my comment re The Killing a few days back.

    Actually, sod that, life's too short for feeling silly - I'll not end up missing it, and that's all that matters.

    I am not making a pudding this year as we decided we did not actually really like it that much. I'm gonna be making chelly this weekend instead - that's Christmassy enough, right ?

  6. Anonymous6:20 pm GMT

    I'm all prepared...Christmas cake though, not pudding as I'm the only one that likes pud.

    And I've learned something today! I knew that the Sunday before Advent was stir-up Sunday, but I didn't know the origins of the expression. Will share that nugget with the chilren as they help me stir in Sunday.

  7. I hadn't realised this was Stir up Sunday. I always make my own puddings so not sure how this passed me by! Sunday it is then.

  8. I would love a calendar please x

  9. Molly41, if you would like a calendar please email me at thequincetree@live.co.uk

    Hurry there are only a few left!

  10. Hey, I am so happy that you have pointed this out to us. And I am Episopalian too!
    My mother in law in England makes a wonderful Christmas pudding, and with that cream! Oh, it's so good.

  11. And here I thought it was called Stirring Up Sunday because it was when I began to whip myself into a frenzy over gift purchasing/making...


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