Labyrinth

 

"May the Peace of the Lord be Known to All who Come Here"

Walk the Labyrinth ... Sit, Pray, Enjoy!

The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that was used in the Medieval era in the European Cathedrals.  Many people were unable to make their pilgrimage to the Holy Land due to the dangerous conditions presented by the Crusades; so specific cathedrals were appointed to have a labyrinth.  The eleven circuit labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France is the most famous and the only one still remaining in Europe.  There are many variations of the basic design.  The one we have created at here is the seven circuit labyrinth fashioned after the ones found in Scandinavia and Germany.

The labyrinth is not a maze.  There is single path that leads to the center by way of many twists and turns which will also lead the walker safely back out again.  The labyrinth, dating back to the Bronze Age, seems to emerge in culture whenever there has been a great need in that society.

There is mystery.  Labyrinths are mystical because they touch each person at their point of need, joy and celebration.  No two walks on the labyrinth are the same.

There is no wrong way to use the labyrinth.  It is most helpful t take your time, let go of the things that are troubling you and receive what God has for you without expectations.

 

 

One Way to Use the Labyrinth

1.  Release your burdens as you walk toward the center.

2.  Receive God's gift as you remain in the center.

3.  Ready yourself as you walk back to return to the world.

 

Symbolism of St. John's Frontscape

Fish Bench - Christians gather here.
3 Circles in Pavers - Trinity
12 Granite Stepping Stones above the pavers represent the 12 Apostles.
Red Door - The blood of Jesus shed for us and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Plantings - Bleeding Heart & Trees
Baptismal Font - The flowing water of God's new life for all creation.

 

Crosses
7 in the Sidewalk to the Left

1 in the Sidewalk to the Right

3 in Mount Calvary Display

1 on the Information Sign

1 Raising up from the Ground

1 in the Center of the Labyrinth

In the Roman and Anglican traditions there are 14 Stations of the Cross.

Thank you to Rev. Donna Lee Kusky, Episcopal Deacon for the teaching us and providing the above information.

 

 

 

 

 

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St. John's Episcopal Church
Rev. Susan C. Rich, Rector
4074 South Mill P.O. Box 86 Dryden, Michigan 48428
810-796-2371
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