24 November 2013
Stir Up Sunday is the traditional day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding which is traditionally made with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and His Disciples. On Stir Up Sunday families returned from Church to give the pudding its traditional lucky stir. The pudding mixture was always stirred from East to West in honour of the three Wise Men who visited the baby Jesus. Whilst stirring the pudding mixture, each family member would make a secret wish.
A coin was traditionally added to the ingredients and cooked into the pudding. The traditional coin was an old silver sixpence and it was supposedly to bring wealth to whoever found it on their plate on Christmas Day.
Why is it called Stir Up Sunday?
The name 'Stir Up Sunday' comes from the opening words of the collect (The collect is the prayer of the day that “collects” up the themes of the readings during a church service) for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549. The original collect (prayer) has today been adapted into more modern language and is now the Church of England's prayer after communion for Stir Up Sunday:
"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."
On Stir Up Sunday, children on their way back from church were often heard chanting an adaptation of what they had heard in church in the following rhyme:
Stir up, we beseech thee, the pudding in the pot;
And when we get home we'll eat the lot.
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