Our Farewell Liturgy 

Before our class liturgy

Here are some objects around which we will create our final liturgy:

  • an empty cup
  • a bottle of water
  • votive candles and box of matches
  • Kolbe Cross
  • a piece of blue cloth
  • pieces of paper and some textas

What will it be like when we leave?

We take the blue cloth to represent the river of life along which we all travel. Fold it together and lay it on the floor in the middle of the room to represent the river.

At one end, place the Kolbe Cross and the empty cup.

Let the cup represent our grieving at what we will lose. We now name what we will miss. We print these on pieces of paper and place them on the floor around the Cross and the cup.

Let's move deeper into our reflection. What does the Cross represent for each of us? We name our faith, write its qualities on pieces of paper and spread them along the river. We take these qualities with us as we journey.

Now for the water: it is the life with which we are blessed. It is also all that we need in order to live our lives well as we know we should.

We pour some water into the cup. This represents our desire to fill the emptiness that we will experience with the promise of a happy life that God makes to us.

We light the votive candles and place them along the river. As we do so, we name the gifts we have and the gifts we need to live our lives as God intends.

We listen to the words of advice from the Dalai Lama. He counsels us to live well.

Food for the journey

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.

If you wish to know that you are safe, cause others to know that they are safe.

If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand.

If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another.

Those others are watching you now. They are looking to you for guidance, for help, for courage, for strength, for understanding, and for assurance at this hour. Most of all - they are looking to you for love.

And so we bid farewell

Let us leave this place in peace and happy to have journeyed together for a while. May we meet again in joy and not sorrow.