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The Classical 7 Circuit labyrinth As a Tool for Prayer

All Saints’ offers visitors to our grounds a beautiful tool for prayer and spiritual growth: a labyrinth. A labyrinth is not to be confused with a maze. A maze is a puzzle with many confusing paths. In a labyrinth, there is only one path. We have created a 7 circuit labyrinth, also known as the Cretan Labyrinth, for your use.

It is the assurance that you cannot lose your way that makes the labyrinth a wonderful tool for prayer and self-examination. Labyrinths can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people can not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer are substituted for such travel. Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets the mind. It is a path which you walk in the presence of God.2

The labyrinth provides focus for ones prayer as it is walked. The simple path is traveled without need for worry in finding the way out. Here is the real message of the labyrinth, for as we pray, God is always there guiding us to the next place in our lives. There is no need to worry or fear that which comes next, around the corner, or down the road we take, for God is always present for us.

Walk in Peace,
Father EJ

Suggestions for prayer while walking the labyrinth

  • At the entrance: Prepare. Perhaps simply greet God or invite the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
  • On the inward path: Letting go. Let go of things that impede your prayers. Free yourself from thinking of the obstacles to growth; deliberately lay aside each obstacle in order to open yourself to the Holy Spirit.
  • At the center: Rest in God’s presence. Await his voice. Be at peace whether God speaks or not. Let His presence be His gift to you.
  • On the outward path: Consider an action God is directing, or a commitment to which God is calling, or a choice God asks of you.
  • At the exit: Give thanks for God’s presence and voice in your life. If you have made a commitment or reached a conclusion about your prayer concerns, speak your decision to God and internalize your experience.
  • Depart in thanksgiving to serve the Lord.
 

 

 

     
       
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