Labyrinth

Thursday & Friday April 18/19 

4:00 - 8:00 pm

What is it?

A labyrinth is simply a place to walk and pray. There is nothing mystical about it. A labyrinth contains a single walking path to the center and then back out again. It has many turns but, unlike mazes, does not have dead ends, no wrong turns, no confusion. A labyrinth has just one path so you can't get lost. While a maze is design to mislead and confuse you a labyrinth is design to lead you directly to the center in a peaceful way that aids in reflective contemplation and "centering"of the mind and soul. Christians have walked the labyrinth for centuries as a meditative prayer tool. 

 

Labyrinths come in a variety of forms: you may walk through them inside on a canvas mat or outside on grass, tile, or a stone-laid path. There are also finger labyrinths and even an online labyrinth. Labyrinths have a long history, both inside and outside the church, and can be found all around the world. In Christian usage, the purpose of the labyrinth is personal and spiritual transformation. 

 

Walking the labyrinth is a great way to prepare your heart for Good Friday and Easter, and we hope you'll give it a try.


EASTER WEEK @ SUN RIVER

The last couple years Sun River has offered an experiential stations of the cross event on the Thursday before Easter. This year we are doing something different. Instead of walking the stations of the cross, we are offering a Labyrinth Walk.

 

We will have a 24-foot canvas labyrinth set up in the gym on Thursday and Friday of Holy Week (April 18 and 19), along with communion, and some other elements. This is a self-guided experience, but there will be hosts on hand to help you if you have questions. Come at your convenience any time between 4-8 pm on Thursday and Friday. Come with your small group, as a family, or by yourself. 


Labyrinths can be found in many cathedrals, churches, hospitals, gardens, and other public places. The Chartres Labyrinth pattern was originally designed in the early 1200’s on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France. During the Crusades it was not safe for the Christians to make the traditional pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  The Labyrinth provided a path for them to take a pilgrimage to the Holy Space within them where God's Spirit dwells. It became a path of prayer and inner transformation. Today, people use the labyrinth as an oasis for the spirit and as a path of prayer. 



Walking the Labyrinth


There are many approaches to the labyrinth. You may choose a particular intention, or question or need to be met as you walk the labyrinth.  Before entering the path pause to acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit.  One Christian approach is based on the “threefold path” of  Purgation, Illumination, and Union. These represent three stages in a labyrinth walk.


    1. Releasing ~  From the entrance to the center is the path of shedding or letting go. There is a release and an emptying of worries

        and concerns or anything that would block your receiving what you need. 


    2.Receiving ~ In the center there is illumination, insight, clarity & focus. 

        It is here that you open to God in a receptive, prayerful, meditative state.


​​​​​​​    3.Returning ~ The path out is where you become grounded and integrate the insight

        or inspiration you received, making it manifest in the world.

what walking a labyrinth is like.

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