Moving in: Until it sleeps


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In Austria there is a favorite musical fair: the Schubert-Messe. It begins with the song: Where should I turn to whom Gram and Sorg press me? Unbelievably smart. With almost the same words, our service today begins: Where do I take this pain of mine? Where should I turn ...? In general, Metallica has conspicuously many echoes of the Christian religion: "Creeping Death" describes the 10 plagues in Exodus, "The four horsemen" is about the apocalyptic riders of Revelation, "Mama said" alienates the parable of the prodigal son, "St , Anger ", holy anger is the name of one of their albums ... in almost every song they let Christian language material resonate. No wonder: James Hetfield grew up in a Christian sect, Kirk Hammett's first band was called Exodus.

But then: Hetfield lost his mother at the age of 16 because she renounced treatment out of religious zeal. Hammett was abused by his father until he was 16. Since it is normal that the answer to the suffering is not "To you, to you my father ..." Since it is normal that they do not sing of a healing world, but scream out their anger. They accuse the inadequacy of the world, the war and the dishonesty of the people, including their own.


In the song "The unforgiven" they complain that we waste our lives, take no initiative, leave no traces of our own. "I call that unforgivable." Will that forgive us? Can we forgive ourselves and others? Lord, have mercy!


Kyrie: The unforgiven



We come to you, God, with our inadequacy, our habits, our comfort. We come to you with our anger and our disappointment. You too want a better world, we hear again and again. Again and again you have sent prophets who have called for improvements: narrative, angry, admonishing, with signs.

We ask you: Get us out of our comfort, let's not close our eyes to the deficits of our world. Let us get angry and make changes. That's why we ask ...


Reading from the book Job


I say, my pain does not stop; I'm silent, so he does not give way to me. But now he has exhausted me. The circle of friends you have disturbed me and grabbed me. My decay rises and appears as a witness against me; he contradicts me in the face. His anger tears, I am offended, my teeth grate against me, my opponent sharpens his eyes against me. They open their mouths against me, beating me scornfully on the cheeks, flocking against me together. God gives me the evil, he pushes me into the hands of the wicked. I lived in peace, where he shook me, grabbed me by the neck, shattered me, set me up as a target for myself. His arrows swirl around me, mercilessly piercing my kidneys, pouring my gall to the ground. Breach over breach he breaks me, storms like a warrior against me. A bereavement robe I sewed my skin, lowered my horn in the dust. My face is red from crying and dark lies on my eyelashes. But no injustice sticks to my hands and my prayer is louder.



No, these were not words from Metalica, but from the Old Testament, from the Book of Job - a book of wisdom (400 BC) that poses the question of injustice in the world. The Just Job is hit with poverty, illness and the loss of his family. Three friends bring traditional explanations for Job's misfortune, but Job refuses. There is no explanation. Something is wrong with the world. Injustice, war, poverty, catastrophes: you have to get angry. Job throws the pious friends out of his house.

Why did God create such a world? Why is there evil? "Keep saying it over and over. Because there is something really wrong in heaven. Something went wrong with the whole big drawing, "says Jostein Gaarder, telling the angel Ariel about the cancerous Cecilia. Something went wrong.

Why does God allow suffering? Theodicy is called this question. If God is good, he does not want suffering. When God is almighty, he enforces his will and destroys the suffering. So there can be no harm when God is good and almighty. But that suffering exists becomes the problem of theology. God can not be almighty and good.


Song: The god who failed


God has failed? God not almighty? God makes mistakes? That's blasphemy, right? Beyond any philosophy: In the Old Testament, God repeatedly speaks of God's errors: in the story of Paradise, he creates the animals and only then realizes that they are no help for man. God repents in retrospect, if he was too angry with his people. Of course, that is pure picture speech, but in the end we always speak of God in pictures.

Metallica provokes some of God's ideas. Which image of God then suits the metal ?: In any case, not the neo-modern distance-god, who looks at his world from a distance uninvolved: Oops, catastrophe, well. Not even the "Somehow everything is ok" - God of the 68er: let us discuss this rule-free, everything is relative. But also not the all-rounder god of industrialization: Jo, we can do it. Not even the "I-have-everything-in-the-handle" god who was in the police states of absolutism in: God sees everything, hears everything ...

God is angry, suffers with his people, is at our side, passionate. God does not hang a pink cloth over the mistakes of the world, is partisan for the oppressed. His partisanship extends to the cross. This is not a Greek or Buddhist or philosophical god of fortune. However, this image of God is thoroughly sympathetic to me. An image of God with a lot of energy that we sometimes fear in religion. It is not alien to the Bible. Maybe this image of God motivates us to take sides, to be angry and engaged - as committed as God.


Song: And justice for all


Woe to those who turn the law into bitter vermouth and crush justice. That's from the book Amos. Prophets take sides, God takes sides. In the intercessions we ask God to take sides:


You are angry with us for the wars in the world: Make peace and let enemies approach.


You are angry with us for poverty in the world: Make justice and let us and others share the life chances of this world.


You are angry with us about oppression: Create freedom in which all human beings are allowed to live.


You are angry with us for death: Create a future for our deceased with you.



The next Sunday we celebrate Christ King: The world is not finished and perfect, despite good creation, despite salvation: There is still something missing. God has promised us: there's something to come. I am not ready yet. We celebrate that something is coming. And what's coming is just not: Color our world blackened, as it's called in a Metallica song; What comes is: Christ-King.


God is not finished with his world. God is not finished with us. He owes us something else. If he's not done with us yet, then I'm not finished with him. God, you owe us something else. I will not let you go until you have fulfilled your promise.

And that is why we ask our fathers in every father: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.


Our father


The theologian Romano Guardini said on his deathbed that he would not only be questioned in the last court, he also had to ask a question himself, which did not give him a book, not even the Scriptures themselves, which gave him no dogma and no magisterium who could not answer to him no theodicy or theology, even his own: why, God, for the salvation of the terrible detours, the suffering of the innocent, the guilt?


In blessings, we ask God to take sides with us and spare us suffering and guilt:


God fill your feet with dance and your arms with strength.

He will fill your heart with tenderness and your eyes with laughter.

He will fill your ears with music and your nose with fragrances.

He fulfills your mouth with joy and your heart with joy.

He gives you again and again the grace of the desert: silence, fresh water and new hope.

He gives us all new strength to give hope a face.

Bless the Lord.


Song: Nothing else matters



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.