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Words for worship on Christ The King Sunday

I hope these may be of help to some of you leading worship tomorrow.

Words for Christ The King Sunday.

( Also known as ” Stir Up Sunday” )

Being “ Stirred-Up” before Advent!

 Some of you may know that traditionally the sunday before Advent sunday (which this years falls on November 20th) has been known as “ Stir-up Sunday” for many years.

Any guesses why?

 Here is the post communion prayer for that Sunday:

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people
that, richly bearing the fruit of good works,
they may by you be richly rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.

The Latin word translated “stir-up” is “excita”. In the ancient Sarum Missal ( or Salisbury prayer book)  the collects of the first, second, and fourth Sundays of Advent also began with this word. This refers both to God’s action and our wills, just as the fruit refers to both God’s work and ours.

But in addition, the  Sunday before Advent  has been  known as Stir-Up Sunday for a long time.  It is traditionally the time to get the Christmas pudding (a fruit cake – see collect) made, allowing plenty of time for the flavours to develop before it’s enjoyed on Christmas Day. Whilst once it felt surprising to be thinking about Christmas this early – in this consumer-driven society it is more difficult to ignore Christmas already for sale in October!

Words for absolution.

 May the God of love and power

Forgive you and free you from your sins

Heal and strengthen you by his spirit

And raise you to new life in Christ Our Lord



The almighty and merciful Lord

grant you pardon and forgiveness of all your sins,

time for amendment of life,

and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.

All :  Amen.

 Collects for Christ The King Sunday

Eternal Father,

Whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven

that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:

Keep the church in the unity of the spirit

And in the bond of peace,

And bring the whole created order

to worship at his feet;

Who is alive and reigns with you

In the unity of the Holy Spirit

One God, now and forever.


Shorter Collect:

God The Father,

Help us to hear the call of Christ the King

And follow in his service,

Whose kingdom has no end;

For he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, one glory.


The Peace.

Jesus said:

“ Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.

Not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your hearts be troubled or afraid

The peace of The Lord be always with you

And  also with you.

All: And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of Peace.

Post Communion:

Stir up, O Lord,

The wills of your faithful people

That they, plenteously bringing forth

the fruit of good works may by you

be plenteously rewarded;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing for Christ The King Sunday

God the Father,

who has given to his Son the name above every name,

strengthen you to proclaim Christ as Lord;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Be among you and remain with you always.


General Prayer for Christ The King Sunday.

Lord of the past and the future:

we thank you for the past Church Year

and the fellowship and joy of our worship

together as a community.

We pray for the coming year

that we may benefit from the teaching

and wisdom of the church

and grow in faith and knowledge of you.

We offer you our hopes and dreams for the future.

Take us and mould us into the people

and christian community you would have us to be.


November 19, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. This is close to the Tridentine Mass collect for the Last Sunday in Pentecost.

    Excita, quæsumus Dómini, tuórum fidélium voluntátes, ut dívini óperis fructum propénsius exsequéntes, pietátis tuæ remédia majóra percípiant. Per Dóminum nostrum.

    Handmissal translated:

    (Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful people, that they more earnestly seeking the fruit of divine service, may receive more abundantly healing gifts from Thy tender mercy. Through our Lord…)

    Comment by Andrew Jagusiak | November 19, 2011 | Reply

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