Stir-up Sunday

The liturgical year concludes on the Sunday before Advent, commonly known as “Stir-up Sunday” after the opening words of the Collect, which also serves to remind parishioners to stir the Christmas pudding mixture.

After the (0) Fool has completed his journey of initiation through the 21 houses of the Upper Arcana the Trinity (19) Sun is replaced by the (18) Moon which presides over the intermediary weeks that come either between the seasons of Trinity and Advent or of Epiphany and Lent.

The weekly arcana for Stir-up Sunday is the suitably stirring (10) Wheel of Fortune, which also marks the completion of the cycle of the liturgical year.

The Collect

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.

Book of Common Prayer

Old Testament Reading

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40: 31

New Testament Reading

Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3: 13-14

Liturgical Affirmation

Omnia tempus habent et suis spatiis transeunt universa sub caelo. In die bona fruere bonis et malum diem praecave.

All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. In the good day enjoy good things, and beware beforehand of the evil day.


The man of faith awakens and stirs up the gift of God within him. He knows this is the Kingdom of the Real. He knows that his ideal or desire is real in the Inner Kingdom, and that his faith or feeling will cause the formless, or the invisible presence, to take on substance as a condition, event, or experience. This is why the man of faith walks upon the waters of doubt and fear and moves in confidence and understanding to the promised land – his cherished goal. Faith is accepting as true that which your reason and intellect deny.

J. Murphy, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics pp. 57-58