Sunday, November 22, 2020

It's Stir-Up Sunday, friends (make that pudding)

So here we are on Christ the King Sunday, which translates as the last Sunday in the church year --- the Sunday before Advent begins.

But in the UK --- long before that title came along --- it was known (and still is) as "Stir-up Sunday" after the first words in the Church of England lectionary collect for the day: "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's also the traditional day to "stir up" and steam the Christmas puddings, which require about a month to cure before being served. 

Chances are, considering our current situation, many of us have plenty of time to do that today, providing we've stocked up on the necessary ingredients (I haven't). If you have, here are instructions, courtesy of Tesco.

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