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Labyrinth

Upcoming Events

Parishioners and visitors to campus are welcome to come for a quiet time of reflection and prayer. A brief guide will be available to introduce the labyrinth and give suggestions on how to pray. Questions? Contact Mary Ellen Vernon, 282.3101.  

July 8
The labyrinth will be set up in Graham Library from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Please note Small Group Training participants may be invited to walk the labyrinth during and following their 12 noon - 2:00 PM workshop.

August 22 - 24
The labyrinth will be set up in Graham Library from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

What is a Labyrinth?

Christ Church has recently purchased a canvas labyrinth. Used for thousands of years, labyrinths are present in almost every religious tradition and culture. Labyrinths have been a part of the Christian experience from as early as the 4th century. In the 12th century, they became prominent in the great cathedrals of Europe. Medieval Christians walked labyrinths as an alternative to taking a hazardous pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Recently, Christians have enjoyed a renewed interest in labyrinths as modern "pilgrims" on their own spiritual journeys. The labyrinth has again become a spiritual tool to encourage prayer, contemplation, meditation, and spiritual growth. 
 
Christ Church's "Petite" Chartres Labyrinth is based on a famous labyrinth which still can be seen and walked in the Chartres Cathedral in France. Our smaller canvas labyrinth allows easier storage and set up in various spaces, but still reflects the sacred geometry of the Chartres labyrinth. This labyrinth was constructed and painted by hand in September 2017 by Paxworks of Indianapolis, Indiana.