Excita, quaesumus, Domine, tuorum fidelium voluntates…

Stir up the wills of your people, O Lord…

Thus begins the Collect for Holy Mass for this 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost. In a few short days, shorter and shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, we will again come to Advent and a new liturgical year. Meanwhile, this Sunday is nicknamed “Stir Up Sunday,” because of the English tradition of having everyone in the family, perhaps with friends and neighbors, take turns stirring together the many ingredients that go into preparing the rich and savory Christmas Pudding.

Praise the Lord

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