All are welcome to use this Labyrinth as a place of prayer, meditation, and contemplation. This sheet will provide some information you may find helpful as you walk the Labyrinth.
What is a Labyrinth?
Labyrinths have very old roots in Christianity. The first Christian labyrinth was discovered in the fourth-century Basilica of Reparatus in Orleansville, Algeria. Perhaps the most famous labyrinth was installed at the Chartres Cathedral in France around 1200 A.D. where it remains in active use today. The Faith Labyrinth has the same, 11-circuit pattern that was used in the labyrinth at Chartres.
How do I use the Labyrinth?
There is no right way to use a labyrinth. It is simply a tool to deepen your prayer life. Walking a labyrinth is an ancient way to pray, connect with God, or just listen to God as you walk the path. People use many forms of prayer as they walk the labyrinth. Some choose a particular phrase to repeat as they walk, such as, “Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner” or a fragment of a Psalm, such as Ps. 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”; others recite familiar prayers; and others walk in silent
May I add a stone to the labyrinth?
If you have a particular prayer concern, you are welcome to write it on a stone and carry it with you into the Labyrinth. As you place the stone on one of the Labyrinth borders, think of yourself as giving that problem to God. As you leave the Labyrinth, remember that you walk out in the ever-present grace and mercy of God.
How large is the Labyrinth?
The Labyrinth is 60’ in diameter. It was built of 16 tons of Rio Grande river pebbles. The complete path is a quarter mile in length.
Who built the Labyrinth?
Dylan Murphy, a member of the church, built the labyrinth as his Eagle Scout Project during Holy Week 2014. Dylan, a group of Boy Scouts from Troop 641, and students from St. Thomas High School finished the construction on Good Friday.