This weekend we reach the last Sunday before Advent. These days we call it the Feast of Christ the King. But in past days it was known as ‘Stir-up Sunday’. This name originated in the Church of England and there is a special prayer for the day which goes like this.
'Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded.’
On Stir-up Sunday families would start their preparations for Christmas celebrations; making the Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, mincemeat and other good things to eat. I must say that I always try to make all of that much earlier than this – they improve so much with a few months of keeping, especially if you feed them with Brandy, Rum or Whisky!
As we enter Advent we’ll be preparing for Christmas celebrations in other ways. We’ll be readying ourselves for the birth of Jesus and thinking about what that means for our lives today. Amidst all the shopping, partying and general busy-ness, let’s not forget what Christmas is really all about.