Chalice lighting

When you celebrate, celebrate well, but remember 
that nearby someone is grieving; and when you grieve, 
grieve well, but remember that nearby someone is celebrating. 

 Therefore, as we gather here in this special place, we mark both grief and celebration. For absent friends, and for those whose company we enjoy right now, we light this chalice. 

The first paragraph was a frequent saying of the late Dr Fran Barry, formerly of University College Cork. 

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