Stir Up Sunday

   A popular name given to the Sunday next before Advent, from the first two words with which the Collect for the Day begins, viz.: "Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful people," etc. This Sunday is the end of the Christian Year, and consequently a time of review, gathering up the fragments that remain, that so with renewed strength and stronger purpose -- stirred up wills, we may enter on the new year which begins on the following Sunday.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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