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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.

Upcoming Labyrinth Walk Opportunities

Learn a Little or a Lot About Labyrinths: Wednesday, February 28
11:30 AM - 12 noon and 1:30 - 2:30 PM, McKissick Refectory

In preparation for the use of a labyrinth during the Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, March 3, two courses will be offered to introduce parishioners to labyrinths. From 11:30  AM -12 noon, there will be a quick overview of labyrinths. From 1:30 - 2:30 PM, there will be an hour long, in-depth look at the history and current use of labyrinths in religious settings. Mary Ellen Vernon, Faith Development Program Coordinator, will be presenting and answering your questions about labyrinths.

Come Walk the Lenten Journey
Saturday, March 3, 9:30 AM, Markley Chapel and McKissick Refectory

Make time on Saturday, March 3, for a quiet morning away from your routine. At 9:30 AM, we will celebrate Holy Eucharist in the chapel and then enjoy a Lenten labyrinth walk in McKissick Refectory. The labyrinth will be available for prayer until 2:30 PM, so even if you can’t join us in the morning, we hope you will find time to come at your convenience to walk the labyrinth.