Prayer at the start of the semester


Song: Joel Brandenstein "boundless"


cross sign


unknown territory

You have to pay customs,

the border post tells me

when I want to break new ground.

Each transition costs something.

How much is it?

I ask

and win the purse,

which is filled with my previous life.

Comfort, habit and safety,

tells me that on the border.

So expensive is that?

I ask hesitantly.

Yes, cheaper transitions are not to have

says the border post.

But they are going to live for it.


Welcome to the new semester. Welcome to Ingolstadt. Welcome to the new freedom. Beginning of semester or beginning of studies is a step over a border: out of the village, the city, the homeland with its own limiting thinking patterns. Get out of the family with their roles and themes. For the first out of school. Into the border into student freedom. Life, freedom, job prospects: boundless.

Well, student life is not that limitless either. There are new limits: the rhythm of the lectures, the pressure of the material and not just the end of exams.

When crossing the border into the new, we celebrate the semester beginning worship service. We come together in a community where many borders are not so important. We come before God, who overcomes our limits. Before him we bring everything that limits us:


Song: My Narrow Borders (26)



Unlimited God, there are again, with our experiences from the semester break, with our experiences from school. Here we are again, with our expectations for the new semester and the uncertainties that make every beginning so exciting. On the border of a new semester, we come to you, because you are an expert on border crossings. We entrust you with our new semester, our insecurity, our hope and our limitations. You accompany us into the new territory with your boundless love. We can trust in that. Amen.


Speech I

Borders give orientation, security, knowledge, identity: we differentiate, de-define; Man is not unlimited like God: Do we accept boundaries, do we use space? Are we testing boundaries? I can set and name limits, Ps 104: Do not cross the border, borders create peace, borders protect the little ones; Ps 147, 14 He gives peace to your frontiers


Song: You put my feet


Reading: Joh 4, 4-26

Jesus had to take the road through Samaria. So he came to a city in Samaria called Sychar, which was close to the property Jakob had bequeathed to his son Joseph. There was the Jacob's well. Jesus was tired from the journey and therefore sat down at the well; it was about the sixth hour. There came a woman from Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her: Give me a drink! His disciples had gone to town to buy something to eat. The Samaritan woman said to him, "As a Jew, how can you ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink? The Jews do not communicate with the Samaritans. Jesus answered her: If you knew what the gift of God is and who it is who says to you, "Give me a drink!" You would have asked him and he would have given you living water. She said to him, "Lord, you have no scoop and the well is deep; So where did you get the living water from? Are you any bigger than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank it ourselves, like his sons and his flocks? Jesus answered, "Whoever drinks of this water will be thirsty again; but he who drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again; rather, the water I give him will become in him a spring whose waters flow into eternal life. Then the woman said to him, "Lord, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty anymore and I will not have to come here to get water! He said to her: Go, call your husband and come back! The woman answered: I have no husband. Jesus said to her, "You said rightly, I have no husband. For you have had five men, and the one you have now is not your husband. That's what you said the truth. The woman said to him, Lord, I see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped God on this mountain; but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where you have to worship. Jesus said to her, Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know, we worship what we know; for salvation comes from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and it is already there, to which the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for that is how the father wants to be worshiped. God is spirit and all who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.


Speech II


The story takes place in Samaria, abroad: When Jesus wanders between his homeland Galilee and Judea, he crosses borders. Samaria is hostile territory, not a Jewish core area, has a different Leitkultur. Jesus is a frontier worker and can not be deprived of the freedom to repeatedly leave the frame of reference of his message.

At noon he is sitting at a well, his friends have gone shopping: here comes a woman. It is strange that the woman brings water at noon and not in the morning or evening. In the scorching heat no one likes to carry the heavy pitchers. And besides, you miss the ratchet at the well, because everyone is in the house at noon. Probably she does not want to meet anyone, that does not really belong to it. A loner, a marginalized, even a frontier worker.

Jesus also does not stick to common boundaries: A man alone with a woman does not work. Addressing the woman is much less. Discuss with Samaritans: Does not work at all. And certainly not about religious issues. And not at all with a woman at all. An unlimited impudence he allows himself there. He overcomes boundaries. And you: What are your limits to being overcome?


During the conversation, the woman would like to stay in the usual limits. She unpacks the stereotypes: "We Samaritans do not talk to Jews!", "We are proud of our Jacob's well, the deities have already dug it.", "We have always prayed for this mountain and not in the temple.", "What is true, no one knows exactly. Eventually the messiah will announce it. "

 Jesus does not get in the way of these predetermined patterns of thought. In the discussion Jude v. Samaritans, he does not take over his position, but goes beyond borders: it is not a question of how old or deep the well is. It's not about the question of temple or mountain. It's not about the status issue: man or woman. It's not about friend or foe. It's not about right or wrong. It's about you, now, here: you're accepted. Limitless. It's about thirst for life, longing for love, relationship. Longing beyond the usual boundaries. And you? What kind of thirst, what longing is yours now?

"It's me," Jesus asserts. "It's me," that's the name of God. God is happening now and here. Life happens here and now. Encounter is happening here and now, between you and me, between you and God, this semester. At the university, in the dorm, in the supermarket, in the university community. In encounters God becomes experienceable, the unlimited. Trusting in him, I can look beyond my limits and see the world from a different perspective. Over many borders, not only with friends and people who think like me. The border is not the end of my world. The border is a place of connection, of encounter. So it becomes a place that takes us further, a step into the new territory. A step to God towards God, the Unlimited. I wish you many encounters this semester, which will expand the boundaries of your field of vision, which will transcend borders and make space possible. Maybe a piece of the vastness that God gives us.



Encounter overcomes boundaries. Meeting creates peace. We want this peace: no overrunning of the borders, but acceptance of the other, encounter across borders. But not a rigid juxtaposition, but a living together. The border becomes a meeting place. The Hebrew word "Shalom" includes not only peace, but also fellowship, justice, health and prosperity. When we wish ourselves and others this shalom, we overcome boundaries.

Cut off a piece of cordon tape and give it to someone with the words: Peace be with you.


Song: Heaven and Earth are touching (575)


It is not always easy to overcome boundaries. In the petitions, we bring the problems of the world and our concerns before God:


Intercessions: I sing for the brave (110)


Our father



God be before you to show you the way to freedom.

He is behind you to strengthen your back.

God be beside you to take you by the hand.

He is around you to protect you.

God be under you to carry you across borders.

He is above you to bless you.


Song: May the road (277)


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.