The St. Paul’s Labyrinth: Walking the Path of Peace
St. Paul’s welcomes you to visit and explore the labyrinth and peace gardens in our back yard.
A labyrinth is an ancient pattern combining the imageries of the circle and the spiral. The archetype of the labyrinth is a divine imprint found in all religious traditions around the world and dates as far back as 4000 years.
In this country, labyrinths are being created in a wide range of venues. From hospitals and prisons to cathedrals and backyards, people build and walk the path of the labyrinth as a way to quiet the mind, invoke prayer and invite insight. Chartres Cathedral in France and Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco are home to two of the better-known labyrinths in use today.
What is it like to walk the labyrinth? The meandering, but purposeful path represents a journey to our center and a return back into the world. In this way the labyrinth can be a metaphor for life’s journey. The path winds in a circuitous way to the center, but the path is not a maze- there is no problem solving, no wrong turns or dead ends. Instead, the person walking in towards the center will use the same path to return, and so the entrance then becomes the exit.
The path is in full view, which allows a person to become quiet and focus internally. There is no right or wrong way to walk the path. Each person’s walk will reflect their unique inner journey.
St. Paul’s labyrinth is a broad, seven-circuit path cut into the grass. We invite you stop by our back yard at anytime to enjoy a meditative walk. To find the labyrinth, enter the church yard from the High Street front gates and walk along the right sidewalk to the back yard. There you will find colorful gardens, a life size painting of St. Francis, benches for resting your feet and a brief pamphlet with simple recommendations for experiencing the labyrinth.
Some believe that the ancient form of the labyrinth appeals to our chaotic contemporary lives by offering a powerful archetypal pattern, a mirror of the soul. Along with this spiritual resonance, the path of the labyrinth can also simply provide a peaceful respite on a hectic day. We invite you to walk the path of peace and create your own experience.