Have you planned the making of your Christmas pudding yet?
‘Stir-up Sunday’ falls on the 23rd of November this year and is the last Sunday before the season of Advent begins.It is the traditional Sunday for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding before it is tucked away so that the flavours can develop in the month leading up to Christmas day.
Traditionally a Christmas pudding has 13 ingredients – representing Jesus and his 12 disciples, and the stirring must be done from East to West in honour of the Kings who came to visit the holy family when Jesus was a boy. It is also important that everyone in the family takes part in the stirring!!
The name ‘Stir-up Sunday’ came from a prayer that began to be used on the Sunday before Advent in 1549. This is the more recent version of that 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.
As we make our Christmas puddings this year (or even if we buy them); before we tuck them away for the work of waiting to be done during Advent, take time to pray that the good work of waiting and developing will also be done in us.
With blessings for a fruitful time ahead,
Karen Bradley - Assistant Curate