Labyrinth

A symbol of Christians’ pilgrimage in faith, it is a winding circular path that leads to a center, which is marked by a large rock representing our center, which is God.

Christ & Grace Church installed a labyrinth on its grounds in October 2008. A symbol of Christians’ pilgrimage in faith, it is a winding circular path that leads to a center, which is marked by a large rock representing our center, which is God.

The labyrinth is an ancient representation of wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and our return to the world.

How We Walk The Labyrinth

Labyrinth walking is an age-old practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer. Entering the sinuous path of a labyrinth, you walk purposefully while quieting your mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer.

One method is to simply repeat a single word, like “peace”, each time you take a step. Similarly, you might repeat the ancient Jesus Prayer “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Saying a word or a prayer either silently or aloud may slow you down a bit. The object is not to get to a destination but to meet the Lord on the path.

Individuals may walk the labyrinth any time during daylight hours. Congregations are asked to call or email the Christ & Grace Church office to reserve a time for groups.

“The labyrinth literally reintroduces the experience of walking a clearly defined path. This reminds us that there is a path, a process that brings us to unity, to the center of our beings. In the simple act of walking, the soul finds solace and peace.”
--Lauren Artress, “Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice"