St. David’s Parish Labyrinth. We invite you to pray with us.
Our parish labyrinth was dedicated on March 4, 2018. The labyrinth was built entirely by members of St. David’s, out of cobblestone pavers. It is open to all who wish to use it for quiet prayer and meditation.
Labyrinths are an ancient way to pray, dating back thousands of years. They predate Christianity, but have been used by Christians since at least medieval times, when the famous labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral is believed to have been built. Some who were unable to make physical journeys to holy sites walked labyrinths as a pilgrimage instead.
Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path, starting from an entrance from the outside and moving towards a center area. Like a spiritual pilgrimage—like life—a labyrinth is a journey. While there is only one path, it is not a straight line. You can always see the center, but there are turns and surprises. The path may appear to meander, but it has been carefully crafted. If you faithfully follow the path, you will find your way to the center, just like when you faithfully pray, you will, eventually, become connected to God. This does not necessarily mean you will “feel” anything, and if you don’t “feel” anything, that does not mean that you did something wrong. There isn’t one right or wrong way to pray or walk a labyrinth.
You can begin your labyrinth walk with a question. You can repeat one word like “Spirit” to yourself. We encourage you to experiment. You are welcome to walk our labyrinth alone or in a group. When others are on the path with you, it can be easiest to pass during the turns.
Our contemporary labyrinth design, the “Santa Rosa Labyrinth,” was created by Dr. Lea Goode-Harris in 1997 (www.leagoodeharris.com). The Santa Rosa labyrinth consists of a center circle surrounded by seven concentric circular paths. Santa Rosa labyrinths also contain a “focus space”. This is the little square created when the entry path, the exit path, and the fourth path (called the heart path) meet. The focus space is seen from all four directions when walking the labyrinth, and according to Dr. Goode-Harris, it allows for “a focus of the heart”.
We welcome everyone to visit our labyrinth and prayer garden. We hope you will join us on a Sunday morning as well.