11.21.2021

Stir Up Sunday.... Rouse up, we beesch thee! And stir up that Christmas pudding!

Good Morning Coffee Friends!

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year in the church - as we then start Advent.  It's also known as "Stir Up Sunday" which started with a biblical base as the first words for the text for the 24th Sunday (which is today) from the Book of Common Prayer (used by Anglicans and Catholics;

"Excita, quaesumus, Domine, tuorum fidelium voluntates: ut, divini operis fructum propensius exsequentes; pietatis tuae remedia maiora percipiant."
Translated:  "Rouse up, we beseech You, O Lord, the wills of Your faithful, that they, pursuing more earnestly the fruit of the divine work, may obtain the more greatly the remedies of Your mercy."

Rouse up being translated into Stir Up - and the reading for the Anglican Church today:

"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."

In England it takes on a secondary meaning as people used the text from church services also as a reminder to go home and 'Stir Up' the Christmas pudding that would need to set for a few weeks before being baked  and reheated for their Christmas celebrations.

I will not be stirring up a Christmas pudding today.

I do however, have good intentions of getting the lights on the Christmas tree that has been standing bare and patient since Thursday.  

The decorations will come easily after that but just getting started amidst the mess and chaos of boxes and Christmas decor - and strands of lights that worked perfectly when they were put away last year but will certainly have 1/3 of the strands not working today - has me procrastinating.

To be honest, it's probably the mess of the boxes and 'crap' that has me avoiding that room completely and of course, if I just DO IT, that would alleviate the problem completely.  Tree would be decorated and the boxes and Christmas paraphernalia put away and back in storage.  My room would be cleared, my brain would be uncluttered and I wouldn't have that dreaded task of decorating the tree hanging over me anymore.

Yes, I know this.  And yes I'll get started soon.

But first... coffee.