Stir-up Sunday!

by Richard on November 26, 2006

It’s “Stir-up Sunday”, the last in the Christian calendar, so-called because of the words of the Collect for today 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.

Traditionally, it is also the day for the stirring up of Christmas Pudding mix — a tradition I intend to honour with the children in church this morning.

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Kim 11.26.06 at 4:08 pm

Hey, Richard, why don’t you teach the children how to make a proper Martini - the before-lunch/dinner drink made with dry vermouth (measured in drops) and the finest gin, garnished with an olive (with pimento) - and of course (following James Bond) shaken, not stirred, before being carefully poured into a special chilled glass. It’s a cocktail about which the British know nothing - and, I dare say, Methodists even less!


Richard 11.26.06 at 4:54 pm

I strongly doubt that such a lesson would be widely appreciated!
Mixing the Christmas Pudding, on the other hand, went down very well indeed. We did mix sufficient for 4 good sized puds — the first of them is in the pressure cooker as we speak.


blonde 11.26.06 at 9:17 pm

but Methodists don’t do alcohol, and proper Christmas pudding mix is absolutely soaked in Guinness! all the tinies in Sunday school this am had a stir but the Vicar forgot to bless it after. we should have brought it over the road to you to do the honours…


Richard 11.26.06 at 10:58 pm

If you’re suggesting that I might have snuck some alcohol into the mix when i got home, I’m deeply, deeply shocked. The merest thought never even crossed my mind…


blonde 11.26.06 at 11:44 pm

of course not. perish the thought. my mistake.


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