Prayer at the end of the semester


 Song: boundless


sign of the crosss


A limit is an imaginary separation. It makes differences noticeable and thus gives orientation. "Grenzenlos" - Limitless: we wrote about this semester. But at the end of the semester, you may be happy that the semester has a limit, that the exam is limited. Because we are at a limit, we can look back and perceive differences and orient ourselves: what have I achieved - and what not? What brought me to my limits - and what else? What hurdle did I take? What am I particularly proud of this semester - and what is not it?


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Good God, another semester to end. Anger, trouble, disappointment: we have it behind us. Success, progress, community: We have experienced that, too. On the border to something new, we come to you. Grateful, relieved, with sadness or even disappointed. We are completing this semester. We put what was in your hands. So we get our hands free for the new, which is approaching us now. Let it be a good time awaiting us behind the border. Join us with your boundless love. Amen.


Albert Einstein has said two famous sentences about boundaries - or at least they are attributed to him:

Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, but I'm not sure about the universe yet. The infinite universe was the inspiration for the poster at the beginning of the semester. We leave stupidity away. (Poster in the middle + sentence)

And then: fantasy is more important than knowledge. Because knowledge is limited. But fantasy encompasses the whole world. (Poster in the middle + sentence)

I thought of this saying when I put together the poster for the end of the semester. Knowledge is limited: No matter how much you've learned, there's still something the professor can ask, of which you have no idea. No matter how deeply you have penetrated into the matter: There are still questions that are unexplained and details that need to be illuminated. No matter how good your grades are, some are still better.

Imagination embraces the whole world: In the lecture-free time, not performance, not knowledge, not speed counts. It is good to have times when you can not be pulled, but can grow. In which limited knowledge and skills are not infinitely important.


Song: As far as the sky is


There is a similar idea in a letter from the apostle Paul. He writes it to the community in Corinth: an emerging metropolis, a boomtown, a trading center, with global players and startups. And of course there were many VIPs, executives and alpha animals in this community. And, of course, rivalry: who is the smartest, the most pious, the wisest? Who donates the most, who engages the most, who prays the most? Paul finds words in this situation, which are usually read out at weddings. Surely you've heard it before. I think at the end of the semester they fit better:



Reading from the Letter of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians:


When I spoke in the languages of men and angels,

but would not love

I would be booming ore or a noisy timpani.

And if I could speak prophetically

and all the secrets would know

and all knowledge would have;

if I had all the power of faith

and could move mountains with it,

but would not love

I would be nothing.

And if I gave away all my possessions

and when I sacrificed my body to glory

but would not love

it did not help me.

Love never stops.

Prophetic speech has an end

Tongue speech dies,

Knowledge passes.

For piecemeal is our cognition,

Piecemeal our prophetic speech;

but when the perfect comes,

everything passes by.

When I was a child,

I talked like a child,

thought like a child

and judged like a child.

When I became a man,

I put down what was child to me.

Now we look in a mirror

and see only puzzling outlines,

but then we look face to face.

Now my cognition is piecemeal,

but then I will know through and through,

as I have been recognized through and through.

For now, faith, hope, love, these three remain;

but most of all is love.


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Piecework is our cognition. When the perfection comes, everything passes by.

That does not necessarily motivate to learn. But it puts things in a right relation: we only know a tiny part of reality, our knowledge does not move the world and our success does not last forever: we are not boundless.

We only recognize as in a mirror, is another image that Paul uses for this circumstance. For Paul, a mirror was a flattened sheet metal: That's how you can see in it whether the hairstyle fits. And if it's even better, then you see more. But somehow in such an antique mirror there are always only enigmatic outlines that you can see.

Knowledge is limited, say Paul like Einstein. Einstein relies on the imagination, Paul calls three other terms: faith, hope and love. For faith, in the Greek pistis stands: This is not knowledge about theological contexts or special piety exercises. Psitis means trust: trust in God. "Elpis", which is translated as hope, is the expectation that there is something more that there is more. So the humility to realize: This is not all. Love, diakonia, is the willingness to help, solidarity could be translated today.

Knowledge is limited, there is still more, I'm never at the finish. Trust, expectation and solidarity go beyond that. They taste like God. In that sense is in it. God is in it. There life becomes limitless in faith, hope and love, in trust, expectation and solidarity. (Sentence in the middle)


Last semester, we did not just have a beginning and end service. I brought a few more posters. And there was certainly a lot next to these posters, here in the KHG, at the university, in the pub, in the dorm, in the supermarket ... You could put a lot more pictures out of your head. (Images)

Where was God in it? What made sense? Where have you experienced trust, expectation and solidarity in the last 4 months? Maybe you would like to tell someone about such a limitless experience ...


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Sometimes the meaning remains unreasonable. "Through a mirror, in a dark word" Luther translated the saying of Paul. Some people do not experience life limitless, but as a dark word. We want to think of them in intercessions.


For people who have no confidence: in their ability, in their value, in other people.


For people who expect nothing more: the future, life, God.


For people who do not experience solidarity: the fugitives, the starving, the outcasts.


For people who have given us trust, expectation and solidarity.


For all students, for whom the end of the semester means a border: the border to a new place, a new phase of life.


For the dead, you complete in your love.



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.


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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.