Prayer at the end of the semester

Fly me to the moon



Song: Major Tom


cross sign


1983: I was in 5th grade, we had carnival party at school on Nonsensical Thursday and from all the speakers sounded that then completely novel song: Major Tom. That's 36 years ago, but the song still works. I think because it sings of a longing: First, it tells of technology and planning that keeps Major Tom captive. Then of freedom and space: detached and weightless - boundless. Finally, in the place with the light even of spirituality, perhaps of a sense in failure. And all with a sad, almost depressive undertone.

Maybe you are also doing just that experience: In your studies you are engaged in logic and planning and numbers, like Major Tom before the start. Maybe you've also experienced teamwork, relying blindly on the other. In the exams, you will be thoroughly checked and the professors' crew will have a few more questions. But then it goes off into the distance: in the holidays, on vacation, in the internship, to another place of study, to a job: completely detached and weightless that can work, time to float. The mood is between departure and sadness. And maybe you're looking for a light that leads you.

Our efforts in the last semester for perfection, our longing for freedom and boundlessness, our hope for freedom, we want to bring all this before God in this semester closing service and ask him to accompany us on our journey through life.



Unlimited God, there we are, with our experiences from the past semester, our efforts, our successes and failures. Here we are again, with our expectations of the coming: the holidays and the transitions of life - and with the uncertainties that make every beginning so exciting. On the border of the semester and the working year, we come to you, because you are an expert on border crossings. We entrust our life to you, our plans, our uncertainty, our hope and our limitations. You accompany us into new territory with your boundless love. We can trust that. Amen.


Song: Grenzenlos (Brandenstein)


Star Wars and Starship Enterprise, Yuri Gagarin and Alexander Gerst, Hubble and ISS. When something happens in space, everyone is interested. The moon landing 50 years ago is now again big topic. Why this hype? Why this billions of investment? Just to invent Teflon coating and satellite TV?

I believe because we are curious: we are not satisfied with the limits of knowledge and want to know more. Our ignorance is as limitless as the universe, but we resist it. There is still more to know.

Then, because it's great what we humans can do: we want to try out what we can do. We want to outdo ourselves and prove it to everyone. We want to be better and faster than the others and win the competition. It's about ambition and prestige. In addition, the risk is irritating. Who flies into space, is simply a hero.

After all, the universe also promises endless expanses, a feeling of freedom, boundlessness. Weightless and lifted, to be far away from anything that pushes us down here.


But to experience all that, I do not have to go to space. Maybe some of it was also your experience of the semester: to be curious about new knowledge, about people, about life worlds, about processes. Surely you have learned a lot during your studies, some things may have taken you to completely new worlds.

Then you have done much that you can be proud of now. Maybe you have even outdone yourself or others, have shown ambition and now feel a bit hero or heroine.

And now, after all the work, comes the feeling of freedom. Maybe you have a long trip during the holidays, maybe you are planning a semester abroad or starting at a job. You break the boundaries of your previous world.


Song: Space oddity (David Bowie - only hint)


But wait a minute, I'm just talking positively about progress. I do not think about space stride and pollution, resource use and senseless spaceflight. And what did the moon landing bring us? "Apollo 11 achieved nothing that corresponded to the earth, it reached only the desert deserts, the moon, so miserable, so inhumane, never to settle from the earth. Only because heaven has seduced us to conquer it, instead of rationalizing what belongs to us alone: our earth. There is no other homeland, and every attempt to escape is a utopia. "Wrote Friedrich Dürrenmatt about the moon landing. And indeed, in all achievements in space travel and last semester: We have to go back to Earth again and again. We do not find life in space, not in aloof-selfish success. "Space flight only makes sense if we discover the earth through it and thus ourselves", continues Dürrenmatt. Study success only makes sense if we discover ourselves and our ability to serve others. A bit like Star Trek.


Nevertheless, I believe that God appreciates our quest for knowledge and success. He will be happy to join us if we succeed, if we grow beyond ourselves and enter uncharted territory. He wants to give us freedom and space. And if we take a risk and dare something new, then he is there. When one transcends boundaries, surpasses oneself, the Latin uses the word "trancendere". Our word "transcendence" comes from it, with it some designate the divine dimension. God becomes tangible when we cross borders, become boundless.

Also in the literature or in the film is of such a border crossing the speech - mostly in science fiction. In the Bible, apocalyptic texts use these images. But unlike science fiction, these images of the Bible do not speak of a future, but of another present: the future has begun and God's dwelling is with you no matter where you leave at the end of the semester.


Reading from the John Apocalypse:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; because the first heaven and the first earth have passed, even the sea is no more. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, come down from heaven out of heaven; she was ready like a bride who has adorned herself for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice calling from the throne: Behold, the dwelling of God among men! He will dwell in their midst and they will be his people; and he, God, will be with them. He will wipe away all tears from her eyes: death will be no more, no mourning, no lamentation, no hardship. Because what was earlier has passed. He who sat on the throne said, See, I am redoing everything.

Word of the living God


Song: On the way to a new world (266)



Your experiences this semester are probably a small step for humanity. But for you, they are a big step. People have accompanied you in this step. You have left your footprint in your life this semester. Under your chair you will find such a footprint. I invite you to put him on the cross with a reminder from this semester, with a person who has shaped you, with a request for your future.


Song: Heaven and earth are touching (575)


The cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin once said that he did not find God in the universe. Maybe because God is closer to us than we think, like a father and a mother. His kingdom is not science fiction, but should come now. That is why we ask Our Father in the Father.


Our father


In blessing, we ask for God's companionship in the holidays and in the new phase of life. In blessing we hear God's promise: no matter where you are, I love you, to the moon and back again.



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: Wide spaces of my feet


Song: Fly me to the moon



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.