The Labyrinth outside St. Thomas’ Parish is modeled on the classical seven circuit Labyrinth, meaning that the path moves around the center seven times. The four quadrants of this pattern is reminiscent of the cross. You enter the labyrinth through the mouth and then walk the paths or circuits. The path is marked by smooth river rocks. The goal is in the center of the labyrinth. When you reach it, you have gone half the distance – you now need to turn around and walk back out. While walking the circuitous path, you will meander through each of the four quadrants before reaching the goal. An expectation is created as to when the center will be reached.
Walking the Labyrinth
Feel free to walk the labyrinth at your own pace and stop for prayer and meditation as needed. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart. Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path is two ways. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may “pass” people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural. Adapted from Grace Cathedral: The Cathedral Labyrinths and www.veriditas.org.
The Following Links Will Provide More Information on Labyrinths
Labyrinth: A Photo Essay A multimedia meditation provided by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington Veriditas A nonprofit organization founded by The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress, Grace Cathedral’s Canon for the Labyrinth Ministry, it is dedicated to introducing people to the healing, meditative powers of the labyrinth. The Labyrinths of Grace Cathedral The website offers many multimedia resources on the Cathedral labyrinths and on labyrinths in general. The International Labyrinth Society This organization is made up of labyrinth enthusiasts from all over the world. Labyrinthos Founded to provide an information resource for those working with labyrinths and mazes. The website includes an extensive photographic & illustration library and archive. Prayer Labyrinth History The Geometry of History, Tessa Morrison, School of Fine Arts AMAZING GRACE: A labyrinth is one way to make peace with the landscaping, San Francisco Chronicle, 03/23/2005.