Labyrinth Walk 11am Sunday 2 June 2019
What is a Labyrinth? It is an ancient archetype (or pattern) that was adopted as a motif and spiritual practice by many early Churches. It soon became widely used as an aid for Christian meditation and prayer. In the Middle Ages, cathedrals in Europe began to construct larger labyrinths, inlaid in the floors of the nave or outbuildings of the churches. These larger labyrinths were also walked during special services, such as during the celebration of Easter morning. The labyrinth in the floor of the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France is the most well-known of the medieval designs and was built in the 11th Century and remains open and is regularly walked today.
The basics of walking a labyrinth? There is no right way to walk a labyrinth and how you walk it on one occasion isn’t necessarily the same way you will walk it the next time. We just need to walk it with Christ as He calls us – perhaps too our hearts will burn as theirs did on the road to Emmaus? A labyrinth has only one path. It slows us down amidst the hectic business of our lives …and helps you become centred – your true self – the one God calls you to be. With a maze, many choices are required and you can be confused. There is only one choice to be made in the labyrinth. It is to enter it or not.
The labyrinth is a sacred pattern that leads you on a path to its centre and back out again. It is a symbol of the living of life, one step at a time, one day at a time. The path is always new, because, as a spiritual discipline, the labyrinth is a path of contemplation, reflection and prayer.
The point of a maze is to find its centre. The point of a labyrinth is to find your centre .
Why not come and join us in “discovering the labyrinth”? Find out how you can deepen your walk with Christ, quieten your mind and open your heart.