Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord (John Garth)
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First published: 1794
Description: The collect for the 25th Sunday after Trinity, from Garth's "Thirty collects". His settings of the collects were not intended for liturgical use (the collect of the day was invariably read) but they were intended for "those who wish to have something in the vocal way easy and proper for their Sunday evenings' recreation".
In popular tradition this collect (which should be used on the last Sunday before Advent when not the same as the 25th after Trinity) signals "Stir up Sunday", an exhortation to prepare the year's Christmas sweetmeats, puddings, cake and mincemeat.
Original text and translations
Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people,
Excita, quæsumus, Domine, tuorum fidelium voluntates: