Prayer at the end of the semester


Metronome tick, each in a different bar, then stop suddenly


Silence - "The time is fulfilled" - silence


Song: Sometimes we celebrate in the middle of the day (10)



Such a semester goes - after the examination phase - leisurely and is ticking to himself. At some point in December it picks up speed, in January it reaches its top speed and then - from one minute to the other - is quiet. After the last test some fall into a hole: interruption.

Nice that you celebrate this interruption with us. We look back, how this semester has ticked for you, set a conscious end, conclude, say goodbye. We do this in the presence of God, whom we thank for the success that heals the failures.




Lord, have mercy (46)

We bring you, God, the stressful time that lies behind us. Lord, have mercy.

We bring you, God, the unfulfilled time, empty hours in our stomach. Christ, have mercy.

We bring you, God, the fulfilled and meaningful hours: friendships, experiences, success: Lord, have mercy.




Dear God, we are faced with an incision: for one only a semester end, for the other a change of location or the entry into the profession. You give us an interruption of working, you expect us to interrupt our usual rhythm.


At this break we come to you: You have accompanied us, in the uniform time of routine and in the outstanding moments of success, fun or sadness. Go with us into the new time of the semester break, to the new study place, into the new phase of life. Let our time be fulfilled by your nearness. Amen.


Speech 1: Chronos: The Standardized Time

The measurable, regularly expiring time was called Chronos in ancient times. It was a time compromise that people have come to agree on at some point. The Chronos time principle was used to make appointments or to complete tasks in a certain period of time. Especially for larger projects with multiple participants or when it came to punctuality, helped the Chronos principle in the organization and implementation.


Today we measure Chronos time with our watches and calendars. It is the official time that applies all over the world. The different time zones that exist in our world do not change this official time.

In our modern life, working hours are regulated at official time. The exam dates are determined, the deadlines for the bachelor and master theses are fixed, the lecture time or the semester breaks are scheduled. With the official time, all defined procedures and events are thus regulated in time.

With this principle, we can also calculate all activities and all resources more accurately.

In Chronos sessions, we enter into a time compromise with our environment. We subordinate our own pace and our own sense of time to the officially defined time. This is above all the productivity. This facilitates the organization and optimizes the cooperation with others.


However, the Chronos principle also has a disadvantage.

By more accurately determining time, resource consumption and end result, it becomes possible to more accurately analyze productivity processes. And we can take action to increase productivity. Simply put, the Chronos principle, combined with the idea of optimization, means that more and more power can be demanded in less and less time. This effect is compounded by the impact of globalization, digitization and networking. The Chronos principle creates pressure. That's why sometimes we say, "I have no time, time has me."


We at KHG and ESG also work with the Chronos principle.

That's why we agree with you

1. First, an official time that applies to all.

You will receive a clock from us.

(Handing out the watches)

2. Secondly, we then set the official time together with you

(Setting the clock)

3. And third, we make an appointment with you that is binding for all.

It's April 11 at 7pm here in this room. It is the semester start worship for the summer semester.


Hallelujah (81)


Reading: Mk 1,14-15

After John was delivered, Jesus went to Galilee; He proclaimed the gospel of God and said: The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand. Turn back and believe in the gospel.


Speech 2: The time is right: Kairos

Today we heard the very first word that the evangelist Mark of Jesus tells us:

The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is near. (Mark 1, 15).

What time is meant here? In the Greek Septuagint Mark describes this time as Kairos. What does Kairos mean?

A look into the Greek mythology helps us here. There, in addition to the god of the passing time, Chronos also has the god Kairos. In ancient Olympia stood an altar dedicated to the kairos. Kairos is the god who embodies the right moment. Kairos reminds us to recognize the right moment, to consider the possibilities of action and then to make the right decision.

The god Kairos was portrayed in a famous portrait at the time of Alexander the Great. Interesting is the representation of the Haarpracht of the Kairos. He has a strong lock of hair on the front of his forehead and he is bald at the back of the head. What is hidden behind this mystical picture of time? If the god meets Cairo, he can hold him by the lock of hair. The saying "grab the opportunity" comes from it. If this opportunity is over, you can not believe it afterwards - the bare back of the head expresses this.

Because there is almost always more than one possibility, at the right moment it is especially important to distinguish the spirits. Therefore, in the ancient portrait of Cairo is represented with a scale, which he balances on the knife edge.

As Christians, we believe that we are not alone in Kairos, but have the assistance that the Holy Spirit gives us. We may ask again and again that we may draw from this source in the decisions of our lives. "The time is fulfilled" thus gets a very personal meaning: We may let ourselves be fulfilled in the time of God. Then the Kingdom of Heaven is very close - it is already to be discovered in us.


Song: My time is in your hands (316)


Image Review: The time is river without bank

Influence. A city. At the bottom right a couple who has retreated. Finally, after a hard day's work, after a stressful week, after a busy semester, they have more time for each other and can retire. The world at the river, the world in the river. Time is a river that carries everyone along. Marc Chagall recorded this scene about 80 years ago: all in blue. The sky breaks over them, the unfathomable and indefinable mystery.

Two strange elements hover over the scene and interpret it: A fish with flaming wings plays the violin. The two feel well like a fish in the water, fish is the Chinese symbol of fortune and - the psychologist C.G. Jung - the archetype for the self. His violin playing merges with the melody of the two lucky ones.

The pendulum clock beats far. The time is full. The time is up. And yet the clock has no hands: Chronos does not count when the kairos flies past flaming wings. Then just be happy and let the mystery surround you.


Song: Heaven rises above all (303)


Where was my time interrupted or fulfilled this semester? Where was your kairos? Where did you feel the mystery?

Clocks without a pointer as a symbol: put them in the middle and tell them about it, or just say nothing.

Danklitanei: Place clocks without hands in the middle


Time after time (Cindy Lauper)


Clocks without hands with pictures from the semester: time interrupted


Our Father: Holding hands




May you enjoy each day in all its hours, minutes and its innumerable shining seconds

be blessed moment by moment.


May every day grow big with many little things.


May you take the time to celebrate the silent miracles,

who have no admirers in the noisy world.


May you find peace as the day draws to a halt

and your thoughts once again visit the places where you have experienced good.


May you keep in your hearts all the wonderful memories of your life.


May the time that awaits you spell out new ideas in your heart,

so that your life keeps exciting as a worth reading book.


So bless you the loving God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.




Song: As high as the sky is


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.