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Farewell Prayer Service 02 Feb 13-11-12

Farewell Prayer Service 02 Feb 13-11-12

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Archdiocesan Value EducationCentre - AVEC
Don Bosco Youth Services – Matunga, MUMBAI 400 019 Tel: 24154477 E-mail:avecmatunga@gmail.com
 
 
FAREWELL PRAYER SERVICE.Quote
: ‘It is not the goodbye that hurts, but the flashback that follow.’
Theme
:‘Life is a journey and not a destination’
Event
:Farewell to the outgoing students – SSC/HSC
Ritual
:
Footprints - ‘
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.’
Scripture:
Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians 4: 8, 9:
Prayer Songs
: 1.We Thank Thee (Jim Reeves) -http://youtu.be/3pXzge4uhVs2.Count your blessings
-
http://youtu.be/AuDg4JELjHA3. God will make a way Don Mien
-
 
This little guiding light of mine / School Anthem
Introduction
:
 Setting 
A lighted lamp/candle on a stand is kept burning throughout the service. Beside it display the schoolflag /school emblem. Display ‘Footprints’ Poster with few/all names. As the assembly gathers thesong ‘We Thank Thee’ (Jim Reeves) is played as backdrop. Ref:http://youtu.be/3pXzge4uhVs 
 
Leader:We are all on a journey in life each holding a map packed with situations, challenges and events thattest courage, character and commitment in a purposeful life. In the journey of life the possibilities for discoveries and unexpected opportunities, if passed by, cannot be rewound in time. The persons met,lessons learnt and experiences gained in the journey are assets in developing one’s personality.‘Life is a journey and not a destination’ and at each stage in life there are ‘entry’ and ‘exit’ stations.Though each leave-taking is painful, it opens up potential for growth, for even a perfect egg must break for new life to begin. At the kindergarten stage your tiny footsteps walked shyly through thecampus. As you grew up and crossed the primary - lower to upper stage and on to the secondary youcame running with enthusiasm to interact and learn with friends and classmates. All these 10/12 /14school years have seasoned you in physical and mental discipline, nurtured your talents and
*Building a New Humanity Through Universal Values*PRAYER SERVICE FROM AVEC
 
 
Archdiocesan Value EducationCentre - AVEC
Don Bosco Youth Services – Matunga, MUMBAI 400 019 Tel: 24154477 E-mail:avecmatunga@gmail.com
aptitude, developed soft skills necessary for life, service and social adjustment. The journey in thisschool is almost over and time has come to say ‘goodbye’ to all that was dear to you in school – the persons, experiences, events, thrills and frills of school life…Let us listen to the scripture oncherishing precious memories on what befits in our life-book of events
 Scripture Reading:
Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians 4: 8,9:Reader 1:
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever islovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things and the God of peace will be with you."
(after a brief pause) We thank God for all that has happened in different aspects of your life - body/mind / heart / consciousness /soul / spirit as you have developed Life skills that include learning toknow, to do, to live together and to be a spiritually integral person. We thank God for the gift of youto each other over the 10/12 years with whom you have grown up, the loving guidance of your almamater - the institution, the manager, principal, teachers and the kind service of the non-teachingstaff…. Let us count our blessings in life as we sing with the choir.
Choir:
 
Prayer Song: Count your many blessings - http://youtu.be/AuDg4JELjHAReader 2:A child who is over protected and pampered habitually tends to be selfish with an “entitlement -mentality” being ignorant of the sacrificial efforts of parents. As an adult he presumes that every person must oblige him and as a boss, he remains indifferent to the struggles and hardships of co-workers / employees and fails in team spirit and life relationships. The true secrets to success are notdegrees from universities or association with the wealthy. The real secrets to success are sorrows,sufferings, and failure which bring out the beauty of inner self with respect for all. …..Let us nowlisten to a true incident narrated to us through a mime.
Ritual A: Miming the Anecdote
(3 good readers (N: Narrator; Y: Youth; D: Director) behind the scene each with a mike will readtheir parts with appropriate pauses. 2 students with acting talent impersonate D and Y to mime onthe stage as per their respective dialogue.)
 N - Narrator:One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a giant company. He passed the firstinterview and the last interview was by the director before the final decision. The director discovered from the CV that theyouth had an excellent academic record all the way, from the school until the postgraduate research without a gap. Theinterview went as follows:
Mime on the stage:
(both seated facing the audience and each other)D: “Did you obtain any scholarships in school or college?”Y: “none”.D: “Was it your father who paid for your school / college fees?”Y: “I lost my father when I was one year old; it is my mother who paid my school fees’.D: “Where did your mother work?”Y: “My mother worked as a dhobi woman.’
*Building a New Humanity Through Universal Values*PRAYER SERVICE FROM AVEC
 
 
Archdiocesan Value EducationCentre - AVEC
Don Bosco Youth Services – Matunga, MUMBAI 400 019 Tel: 24154477 E-mail:avecmatunga@gmail.com
D: ‘Show me your hands.’ Narrator: The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.D: “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”Y: “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and learn to be competitive. Besides, mymother washes clothes cleaner and faster than me.D: “I have an assignment for you. When you go home today, hold your mother’s hands and cleanthem. I will see you tomorrow morning.’ Narrator: The youth felt that his chance of securing the job was definite. At home that evening,he held his mother’s hands and requested his mother.Y:‘Mother let me clean your hands.’ Narrator: His mother felt it strange and yet glad. With mixed feelings, she allowed her son to holdand observe her hands. The youth cleaned slowly his mother’s hands. His tears fell as he did that. …It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were creased with scars & bruises… Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water. … Narrator: This was the first time the son realized that it was these pair of precious hands thatwashed clothes everyday to work to provide a home and pay his school & college fees…. The bruised hands of his mother were the price paid, for his academic brilliance besides private tuitionsand competitive studies to ensure a bright future….. When he finished cleaning her hands, the youthquietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.. That night mother and son communicatedunusually longer……. Next morning, the youth was in the director’s office. The Director noticed thetears in the eyes of the youth and he asked:Mime on the stageD:“Can you tell me what have you done yesterday and learned in your house?”Y:“I washed my mother’s bruised hands and also finished scrubbing all the remaining clothes’D:“Please express your experience and feelings.” Narrator: The youth saidY: Number 1 - Now I know what gratitude is. Without my mother, there would not be thesuccessful me today aspiring this job. Number 2 – Observing the bruised hands of my mother and communicating with her, I realizehow challenging and tough it is to get some things done.Number 3 - I have come to appreciate and value family and relationships beyond money. Narrator: The director saidD: “This is what I am looking for in my would-be executive. I want to recruit an executive whoappreciates the help of others, a boss who knows the struggles of others to get things done,and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are selected as the CEO. N: Later this young man worked diligently hard and was respected by his subordinates. Everyemployee worked conscientiously and as a team the company’s performance enhanced greatly bringing in revenue and credibility to the benefit of all.
Ritual B: FOOTPRINTS Poster is held
Reader3:Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take... but by the moments that take our breathaway. “All the world is a stage and all the persons merely actors; each one has his entrance and hisexit”.
 
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down. We leave footprints in time
*Building a New Humanity Through Universal Values*PRAYER SERVICE FROM AVEC

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