Prayer at the end of the semester

 How foolish it is to make plans for all of life, since we're not even masters of tomorrow. (Seneca) (chaos)


Making plans and making resolutions brings a lot of good feelings with it. (Nietzsche) (plan)


If you plan a lot, you can also fail a lot. (Mark Twain) (Chaos)


Well thought out - already half done. (Plan)


If you can't achieve anything, you make a business plan. (Chaos)


We can only take the next step to get to the next but one. (Plan)


The bigger the plans, the bigger the disasters. (Chaos)


Just as fire carries the flame within itself, it is necessary for the reasoned man to have a work in front of him. (Hildegard von Bingen) (plan)


Song: Wide spaces



Welcome to the semester closing service. Hopefully all of your plans this semester have been achieved. When everything you have planned is done, it feels good. Finally no more plans to work through. Or there is a strange feeling: You fall into a deep hole: what should I do now without a plan? Of course, the psychologists have a technical term for this: relief depression. Or you have already made many plans to escape this hole: leisure plans, internships, work ...

In the semester closing service we bring our successful and failed plans before God, our joy and our emptiness, as well as our new plans and resolutions.



Good God,

We say “thank you” for everything that has been achieved this semester. For all the plans that have worked, all the resolutions that we have kept. We say “thank you” for good encounters and all valuable moments that we could not have planned. We say “thank you” for the free time that lies ahead: for the well-deserved rest and the new plans.

You give us the freedom to shape our lives. You are happy with us when our lives succeed, with or without a plan. We thank you for that. Amen


Song: Search and ask 598


Making plans and models is very important when studying. Here e.g. the St. Gallen management model, you will learn that if you do something with business administration. Here is a business model canvas. Or the model of a crystal structure is needed for materials science. And then I have a blueprint and a circuit diagram here. And so that the computer scientists are not offended, here is a flow chart. A project plan, of course. And even if no one is studying anything here, a model for politics and one for understanding society. I also found a theological model for the Trinity, which even dates back to the Middle Ages. Anyone without a plan?

With such a model, I try to control reality so that I can plan. I simplify where there is complexity. I structure where there is confusion. I try to understand where opacity is the determining factor. The constructivists, a current line of thought in the philosophy of knowledge, who say: whether this model has anything to do with reality or not is completely indifferent. It is important that it stimulates the change of reality. With the model I can make a plan. That too is simplified, structured and tries to understand where something like this is actually not entirely possible. Again: the plan is not exactly what I want to do or achieve. It should structure and enable change. The reality of my plans is not relevant at all, it is important that something changes for the better. With plans and models, I can make the complicated reality clear and control it a little.

We all like to do that: look through and check. And when we can't see through and control, we get scared. Plans and models give us the feeling: I see it, I check it, I control it. I don't have to be afraid of it. This feeling feels good when studying and taking an exam: I have a plan, I have everything under control, I am in control. I'm not afraid.

But then it's also relaxing when I don't need a plan, e.g. in the evening, at a party, on vacation. If I don't have to have everything under control. If I can be calm, I can trust. If I don't have to plan and don't need a model, I just take things as they are and come. Relaxation. I wish you such days during the semester break. Days when you don't have to look through and control. And I wish you many people around you, who you do not have to look through and control and change, but are simply allowed to love. People you trust so easily that you can just meet them haphazardly. Because we don't adapt people we love to a plan. It's fun to be haphazard with them.


Song: Heaven and Earth touch 575


Reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah:

My thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways - Say the Lord. As high as the sky is above the earth, so are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts. For as the rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return there without watering the earth and causing it to germinate and sprout, to give the sower seeds and bread to eat, so it is with the word that mean Mouth leaves: It does not return empty to me without doing what I want and doing what I sent it to do.


And what about God now? What about the things that count in life? Some might like to put God and Mind here: in the area of predictability, security. If I don't have everything under control, then at least God has everything under control. If I don't understand the world, then at least God understands everything. If my plans don't work out, then God should have a plan for me. And this almighty God, maybe I can influence him a little through rites and piety and use his omnipotence. This was also hoped for by the people at the time of Deuterojesaja, to whom this Bible text was spoken. The text probably comes from the exile in Babylon, when the Jews were prisoners of war in the largest center of power in the world at that time. They couldn't see why they had landed there. They couldn't control the situation there. Their own plans were destroyed, they were completely haphazard.

One thing had become clear to them in the catastrophe: God cannot be controlled, neither by piety nor by rites. No plan can capture it, no model can explain it. "The God is completely different", the theologian Karl Barth expressed it much later. God is not the one who makes life manageable and controllable: he is not a fetish who removes the imponderables of life. It is not an idol in which I can exchange victims for security. He is not a model with whom I explain and control the world. It is not a plan that I just have to fulfill. It is certainly not the plan that the others would simply have to fulfill so that everything will be fine. A good shot of uncontrollability belongs to God. A good shot of uncontrollability is part of life.

Is everything now unpredictable, chance, fate, Kismet? Are our plans worthless and the truth a pathless country, as the Indian philosopher Jiddu Krihsnamurti claims?

In the text from Deuterojesaja the slaves were promised that God would not take his love from them, that they could trust him. You don't have to control him because he loves you. We don't have to understand everything, but can trust. His word does what he sent it to do. This enables serenity. In all the organizational charts and structures, models and plans that are certainly necessary for our life, I wish you this serenity and trust. Especially during the semester break, but also beyond.


 Song: So far the sky



Good God,

we are looking for security in the world, we want to understand and master. We bring the limits of our plans to you. Where we are powerless, you lead the world for the good:


• Where politicians want to rule and control, but the result is only haphazard separation or strife: we entrust you with the national aspirations in Europe, the supremacy aspirations in world politics and the Middle East.

• Where we have to let go of living habits and comforts: We entrust you to the protection of our common house, the earth and all who strive to do so.

• Where the rich want to set limits and control access: We entrust you with the refugees who flee from war or poverty.

• Where a new phase of life offers unpredictable opportunities and challenges: We entrust you with our fellow students who leave Ingolstadt.

• Where our control over life and health has finally come to an end: We entrust you to our deceased friends and relatives.


Take letters, time to read; Possibly consider: What did I want to achieve this semester?


There are many models and plans here that have kept us busy throughout the semester. You also had plans for this semester. Hopefully many of them have succeeded: done, ticked off, proud of it. Others may have turned out to be unrealistic, overwhelmed, or lost interest in them. Maybe a plan didn't work out either, but something completely different came up. And then there are plans that you hang on to, maybe for a long time. You can't get rid of them, you grieve for them.

At the end of a period in life, it's good to take stock. Do not take everything with you in the lecture-free period, but leave plans here. I invite you to complete plans, failed plans, to trust God and let them go. You will find a piece of old city map on your place. You can fold it e.g. to a ship or an airplane, and send the plan on the voyage. You can paint it, you can tear it up ... Be creative with your plans. And then put it down with the thought of a plan that worked or not that you want to let go, to finally get a little haphazard and make room for new plans and ideas. Find a place here with the chapel where your plan is over the semester break is in good hands.


Song: With confidence I go 634


In our Father we put all our plans, the successful and unsuccessful, in God's hands. "Your will be done," we speak there. We don't have to control everything, we can trust.


Our Father


Farewell to Stefan Biegert, Theresa Satzke and Sebastian Kaiser.




Not that all your plans work, I wish you

but that you may grow in everything you encounter.

May the limits you come across leave a path open for your dreams.

May you feel every day that even the darkest hour has a divine sheen.

May you never overlook the little signposts of the day.

May life teach you to be a good friend to yourself.

May life always give you more than you can ever eat.

May you take the world lightly and easily, and may the world do the same to you.

May your work turn into a blessing, but every blessing into a step on the stairs to paradise.


Song: May Street 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.