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Labyrinth

Upcoming Events

August 22 - 24, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Graham Library
You are encouraged to come walk the labyrinth as you begin the journey of a new school year. 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 offer suggestions on how to pray. Questions? Contact Mary Ellen Vernon, 282.3101.

Friday, October 14, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, All Saints Center Room 100
The labyrinth will be set out all day for parishioners and visitors to campus to enjoy a quiet time of reflection and prayer. Please note EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) will be walking the labyrinth from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. 
 
Sunday, November 18, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Graham Library
The labyrinth will be set out all day for parishioners and visitors to campus to enjoy a quiet time of reflection and prayer. Please note Rhythms of Grace families may choose to walk the labyrinth from 2:30 - 4:30 PM.
 
Advent Prayer Walk: Sunday, December 2, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, All Saints Center Room 100
The labyrinth will be set out all day for parishioners and visitors to campus to enjoy a quiet time of reflection and prayer. An Advent themed guide will offer suggestions on prayers for this church season.
 
Advent Prayer Walk: Thursday, December 6, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and December 7, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Graham Library
The labyrinth will be set out both days for parishioners and visitors to campus to enjoy a quiet time of reflection and prayer. An Advent themed guide will offer suggestions on prayers for this church season.

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.