Prayer at the start of the term



Welcome / Sign of the cross

Nice to have you here. It is nice that many familiar faces have come to worship, many who have already been here in the last semesters, some of the foreign semesters are back, even some of the former are there. Nice to have found some new ones to our semester start worship service. Nice to see you there ... (honorable guests) ... Thank you, Dr. Nothaft, for you to celebrate this service with us. Nice to have you with us, P. Stefan. Welcome to KHG Ingolstadt. And nice that you came back to us, dear P. John, even if it is not so nice that we have to say goodbye today.


It is wonderful that God is in the midst of us and celebrates with us: He celebrates with us our lives, the beautiful moments of growth and flowering, of the new beginning and also the parting. We put this worship under His sign, the sign of the cross:


In the Name of the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Im Namen des Vaters und des Sohnes und des Heiligen Geistes. Amen)


John XXIII coined the saying: "We are not on the earth to guard a museum, but to nurture a garden full of blossoming life." I have found this saying in a sermon that you, John, before 5 Years. It was to the Nachprimiz of the P. Stefan in Markt Indersdorf. A nice picture for this semester start-up worship service: Both of you, dear John and dear Stefan, are in this because you contribute to the life of the university community. The KHG occurs where it often grows and grows, and all kinds of flowers are found. The study is where you can show what you can, burst out of life and bloom, but also the dreary moments at the desk, where you find yourself as a museum attendant over the theories. And every single person comes in with the desire to grow and blossom. There has to be more in life than just feeding. There's gotta be more to life.


As flowering plants and as plants, as colorful birds and as gray mice, we put our lives before God in prayer:






Reading from the Second Creation in Genesis


At the time when God, the Lord, made the earth and the heavens, there were no field-shrubs on the earth, and there were still no crops; For God the Lord had not yet rained upon the earth, and there was not yet a man who ordered the ground; But moisture rose from the ground and soaked the whole surface of the ground. Then God, the Lord, formed man from the earth from the ground, and blew into his nose the life-breath. Thus man became a living being. Then God, the Lord, set up a garden in Eden, in the east, and set there the man whom he had formed. God, the Lord, had grown from the ground all sorts of trees, to look attractive and with delicious fruits, but in the middle of the garden the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God, the Lord, took man, and set him in the garden of Eden, that he might cultivate him. Then God, the Lord, commanded man: Of all the trees of the garden you may eat, but you shall not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; For as soon as you eat of it, you will die. Then God, the Lord, said, It is not good that man be left alone. I will give him a help which corresponds to him.




Dear guests, dear sisters and brothers,


It is a primordial text in the truest sense of the word which we have just heard as a reading according to the book of Genesis. Already over 3,000 years ago, people with this poetic poetry tried to answer the question of where we come from, where the world comes from, where we live.

The answer is simple and complex at the same time: we, like the whole world in which we live, come from God!

In the process, the exact "how" of the creative process did not have to be explained at the time, but the "that" of creation was to be defined - naturally with words, concepts and images of the time Of man can hardly be reconciled.

This is not the point, it is about the basic understanding of the development of the world and the nature of man as God's creature.

This creature can be "the root, the tire, the waxing and the flowering! About the service for the students and teachers of the two Ingolstadt universities, the semester starts in the summer semester 2017 and at the same time farewell to P. Johannes Haas OSFS and welcome to P. Stefan Weig OSFS as a university pastor.



So I will go forth with you from the biblical reading in three steps:


1. Christian university community as a place of being-human beings - roots, maturing, growth and flowering!


Why do the Protestant and Catholic Churches engage in higher education? Because they know that students, as well as university lecturers - just as in other areas of life - need places and people, apart from their own and special work of studying, teaching and researching, but also managing a university, being human In the broad sense. Christians believe that man is not a machine that "only" works or has to function, but a creature as body, mind and soul. A creature that experiences boundaries - everyday and in special life situations that has emotions and also needs them to live, which, in addition to the times of achievement and demand, also needs times or places of silence, peace, and leisure "I", the community allow with others, but also very purposeful communion with the Creator, in which we are rooted.

It is only in this "holistic" context that a person can take roots that feed him; Man can mature, even if the tire hurts sometimes because it shows limits; Man can grow not only physically, but as a whole with heart and intellect, and he can then blossom and bring forth fruit from the flower, because he is born and held in the roots of human community, as in the viable framework of the Creator.

This would enable university education and the best - as here in Ingolstadt - together!

At the same time, the special challenge and chance is probably the colorfulness of the blossoms that are growing and blossoming here: young people from different regions not only of our country but of the whole world. People with different expectations, sometimes deeply religious, sometimes only simply searching and questioning. People who regularly engage themselves because they want to beat local roots in the KHG here and some who only look in here and there.

All are welcome!


To all, the invitation - from the Christian image of man - is to find a place of roots, of maturing, of growth and of flowering!


2. Thanks to P. Johannes Haas OSFS for his service as a university pastor (also) at the Ingolstadt location

After the departure of Rev. Josef Mederer, the last official Roman Catholic high-ranking electorate from Ingolstadt, the question arose as to how it could go on in person. I know it very well, as in a conversation in my office P. Johannes spontaneously said: "The Eichstätt university pastor is a university pastor for the whole Catholic university, so also for the Ingolstadt faculty and then the THI take part Johannes Haas also university lecturer at the Ingolstadt location. This also promoted the possibility - I am very, very glad - that a new part-time for a pastoralreferent here in Ingolstadt created and with Hr. Meyer could be excellently occupied. Thus, together with Mr. Dean Schwarz of the Evangelical side, a stable and really "successful" team of the university education has established itself here in Ingolstadt.

This also means that pastoral care - including care for the higher education community - always lives by the people who work in it and thus become colorful and lively.

You, dear Father Johannes, have also planted you at this location as a university pastor and blossomed here in your way - completely gem. A quotation from your founder of the order, Franz von Sales, which O. Meyer gave me in these sermons: "Flower where you are planted!"

Life is more than fast "growing", it wants to flourish it takes time and breeding ground, like warmth and light of the sun. Whoever blossoms as a human being is made up: falls sometimes, shows his colors, his peculiarities and becomes or becomes thereby attackable. In this way he can also bring fruit.

John, you have blossomed, shown in your colors and introduced your gifts. You have also blossomed in many other ways: contacts made to individuals and groups, colored religious services, education programs and people in difficult days.

It was to be felt that the diversity of the people, their colorfulness, is a matter of concern to you, because you see them as a diversity of the human being in the creature and as a demonstration of the love of God to every creature!

God reverberates for this human and spiritual ministry that has enabled you and others to root, grow, grow and flourish!


3. "Flower where you are planted" (Franz von Sales) also applies to the welcome to P. Stefan Weig OSFS

Dear Father Stefan, the location of Ingolstadt in our bishopric of Eichstätt, is probably the best way to relate to what was her last job in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Vienna: With great respect, I have taken from your narrations as from the homepage The center "Quo vadis" of the Austrian religious people of different origins and occupation, age and intensity of the search has a "place", in which human being becomes possible.

Embedded by the adventures of art, different spirituality, as well as the various forms of human encounters, they are invited to become human beings and become more human beings. Ultimately, individual answers to the prehuman question "Quo vadis? Where are you going? "

Now you are planted here and I encourage you to blossom with all my heart! With the colors, gifts and attributes that God has given you.

At the same time, I would like to invite you to look forward to the diversity of life that is alive here at the Hochschulensorge in Ingolstadt. This diversity is both a challenge and an opportunity at the same time, but even more a gift of the love of God and the creative reality of God for ourselves. Take your service as a university pastor as a creator of this diversity. You are not alone in the horticultural work, the team of professionals is surrounded by them as well as those who are committed to life.

Just root yourself in DEM, who is the originator, the other as you grow, mature and flower. Together, enjoy the diversity of God's creation and preserve it as others open up access to this view of life and the world - a wonderful picture for pastoral care, as well as for university education in Ingolstadt:

Root! Mature! Grow Flower! - because God allows this out of his Creator's hand!






You, God, let us bloom in colorful colors. To you we bring our requests for a colorful and flourishing semester:


Blue: We bring you, God, our dreams and desires: to a successful semester, to success and a happy life. Give us and our fellow students a good semester in which to grow and flourish.


Yellow: We bring you, God, our joy of life and our fun, here in the KHG and at many events in our spare time or at the universities: Give us and all students many immersive moments that make the semester a pleasure.


Red: We bring you, God our love: the love for a partner, but also the relationship here in the community of the KHG and the universities. Let us be messengers of your love.


Green: We bring you, God our hope, the hope for a better world, the end of war, distress and terror: Let wars end and lessen need. Let us contribute to a better world.


Black: We bring you, God, our grief: You grief for missed chances, the grief of deceased friends and relatives. Add our lives and let them bloom with you.


Flower Johannes: We thank you, God, for the time with John: for his charm, his overview, his human friendliness and his wide heart. Accompany him on his new life and give him joy in his new task.


Flower Stefan: We would like to thank you for the fact that P. Stefan is with us. Give him the opportunity to feel at home, to be rooted, to grow and to blossom, that he enriches us and enriches us.


Our Father

Vater unser im Himmel
Geheiligt werde dein Name.
Dein Reich komme.
Dein Wille geschehe,
wie im Himmel, so auf Erden.
Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute.
Und vergib uns unsere Schuld,
wie auch wir vergeben unsern Schuldigern.
Und führe uns nicht in Versuchung,
sondern erlöse uns von dem Bösen.
Denn dein ist das Reich
und die Kraft und die Herrlichkeit
in Ewigkeit. Amen.









GROW IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. (Teresa of Avila)


Holy Mass in English language


P. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. - Amen.

The Lord be with you.

A. And also with you.



Lord / Christ, have mercy.



P. This is the Word of the Lord.

 A. Thanks be to God



P. The Lord be with you.  

A. And also with you.

P. A reading from the holy gospel according to N.

P. This is the gospel of the Lord.

A. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


The Apostels´creed


I believe in God,

 the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,

God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived

 by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified,

died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated

at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.



Prayer over the gifts 

P. Pray ... To God, the almighy Father.

A. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.



P. The Lord be with you.

 A. And also with you

P. Lift up your hearts.

A. We lift them up to the Lord.

 P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

A. It is right to give him thanks and praise.


P. Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

A. Christ has died,  Christ has risen, Christ will come again. 



Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. ... For the kingdom, the powe, and the glory are yours, now and forever.


Lamb of God

Lamb of God, you takes away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. / grand us peace.

P. This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

A. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.



P. The Lord be with you.  

A. And also with you.

P. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Go in the peace of Christ.

A. Thanks be to God. 




P.Im Namen des Vater und des Sohnes und des Heiligen Geistes.  - Amen.

Der Herr sei mit euch.

A. Und mit deinem Geiste.



 Herr / Christus erbarme dich



P. Wort des lebendigen Gottes.

A. Dank sei Gott. Gospel



P. Der Herr sei mit euch.

A.  Und mit deinem Geiste.

P. . Aus dem heiligen Evangelium nach N.

P:Evangelium unseres Herrn Jesus Christus.

A. Lob sei dir Christus.


Das apostolische Glaubensbekenntnis

Ich glaube an Gott,

den Vater, den Allmächtigen,

den Schöpfer

des Himmels und der Erde.

Und an Jesus Christus, seinen eingeborenen Sohn,

unsern Herrn,


durch den Heiligen Geist,

geboren von der Jungfrau Maria,

gelitten unter Pontius Pilatus,


gestorben und begraben,


in das Reich des Todes,

am dritten Tage

auferstanden von den Toten,

aufgefahren in den Himmel;

er sitzt zur Rechten Gottes,

des allmächtigen Vaters;

von dort wird er kommen,

zu richten die Lebenden und die Toten.

Ich glaube an den Heiligen Geist,

die heilige christliche Kirche,

Gemeinschaft der Heiligen,

Vergebung der Sünden,

Auferstehung der Toten

und das ewige Leben.



P. Betet, ... Gott, dem allmächtigem Vater, gefalle.

A. Der Herr nehme das Opfer an aus deinen Händen zum Lob und Ruhme seines Namen, zum Segen für uns und seine ganze heilige Kirche.



P.  Der Herr sei mit euch..

A.  Und mit deinem Geiste.

P. Erhebet die Herzen.

A. Wir haben sie beim Herrn.

P.  Lasset uns danken dem Herrn, unseren Gott.

A. Das ist würdig und recht. ...


P. Geheimnis des Glaubens

A. Deinen Tod, o Herr verkünden wir,  und deine Auferstehung preisen wir,bis du kommst in Herrlichkeit.


Vater unser

Vater unser im Himmel, geheiligt werde dein Name. Dein Reich komme, dein Wille geschehe, wie im Himmel, so auf Erden. Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute und vergib uns unsere Schuld, wie auch wir vergeben unseren Schuldigern. Und führe uns nicht in Versuchung, sondern erlöse uns von dem Bösen. ... Denn dein ist das Reich und die Kraft und die Herrlichkeit in Ewigkeit. Amen.


Lamm Gottes

Lamm Gottes, du nimmst hinweg die Sünde der Welt: erbarme dich unser. / gib uns deinen Frieden.

P. Seht das Lamm Gottes, das hinwegnimmt die Sünde der Welt.

A. O, Herr ich bin nicht würdig, dass du eingehst unter mein Dach. Aber sprich nur ein Wort, so wird meine Seele gesund.



P.  Der Herr sei mit euch.

A. Und mit deinem Geiste.

P. Es segne euch der allmächtige Gott, der Vater, der Sohn und der Heilige Geist.Gehet hin in Frieden.

A. Dank sei Gott.