The Church of the Holy Spirit is fortunate to have a beautiful canvas labyrinth for use as a prayer tool. Themed meditative walks with selected music and theological focus are offered on the second Friday of every month.
Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, offers a brief instructive introduction to each walk. Darlene T. Hagon, CHS Director of Music/Labyrinth, presents inspirational music to enhance the theme of each walk. Rev. Anne Koehler shares a theological reflection to connect participants to the deeper meaning of the walk experience. All are welcome, even if you simply sit, listen to the music, and quietly meditate in the inviting, candlelit space of the Parish Hall.
MONTHLY WALK: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 AT 10:00 AM
When the group gathers in the center of the labyrinth at 10:00 a.m., Rev Anne Koehler will offer an opening reflection.
Before the traditional walk on the eleven circuits of the spiral pathway, Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas-certified Labyrinth Facilitator will share a short commentary on the theme “Awareness” as a stimulus for meditation as we walk.
Director of Music/Labyrinth, Darlene T. Hagon, Veriditas-certified Labyrinth Facilitator will offer selected Argentine and Brazilian meditative music to accompany the walk.
All are welcome to participate in our parish labyrinth community.
SECOND ANNUAL LABYRINTH PILGRIMAGE WALK
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT
DARLENE T. HAGON, CHS DIRECTOR OF MUSIC/LABYRINTH
Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our second annual Pilgrimage Walk will be a journey inward and outward featuring three unique events over a concentrated period of 2 ½ hours around the Parish Labyrinth.
In the first experience we will focus on the power of the labyrinth as a sacred space. Through a Labyrinth Service with a Linear Walk, led by Rev. Anne Koehler, we will be encouraged to perceive ourselves as spiritual beings taking the next steps in spiritual growth. During this time we will pray our way into the pilgrim’s place where we are metaphorically traveling and seeking a new or a renewed spiritual level within. We will explore our desires for a deeper and more profound connection to God, our inner selves, and each other.
Interlude: All participants will be guided in preparing the labyrinth for the next walk.
The second experience on our Pilgrimage will explore echoes of the Celtic past of the labyrinth. The naturalistic symbols and practices of the Celtic people framed European Christianity and, particularly, influenced the art and cultural traditions of northern Europe. The labyrinth is a striking example of this remarkable history.
Rev. William Heuss will present a commentary on the Celtic High Cross as he discusses it as one of the many symbols called “thin places,” where the ancients Celts found the presence of the “holy” in their everyday lives. Following his talk, we will take a traditional labyrinth walk accompanied by meditative music in the Celtic style selected by Director of Music/Labyrinth, Darlene T. Hagon.
Interlude: Silent reflection.
The third event will present the twelve meditation points on the eleven-circuit Church of the Holy Spirit Labyrinth with Dr. Margaret Rappaport. She will demonstrate the tradition of standing at these intersections in quiet contemplation that enlarges the awareness of labyrinth as an initiation experience of ourselves as eternal pilgrims. Every labyrinth walk simulates our ultimate journey and we are always learning more of how to do it in harmony with God, our community, and all creation.
MORE ABOUT THE LABYRINTH:
During the Middle Ages, labyrinths were used in cathedrals throughout Europe as a metaphor for the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Today, the labyrinth is a meditative tool that some use to recreate the traditional Lenten pilgrimage in which one offers one’s whole being to God. You can learn more about labyrinths here.
As you walk the labyrinth:
- Sit quietly and consider what concerns or people you would like to offer to God this day as you walk.
- Take off your shoes and offer a prayer at the entrance to the labyrinth to begin your walk.
- As you walk, lift up your concerns to God. If you feel like stopping at some point for a moment, do so.
- If you need to pass another walker, just step quietly around and continue on your journey.
- As you reach the center, stop and spend some time just noticing what God is offering you. Thank God for this time together and follow the path back out.
- As you come to the end of your walk, turn towards the center and thank God again for this time with him.
- Take a moment to sit and reflect on what you have experienced.
We ask that no food or drink be brought into the labyrinth area. Prior to walking the canvas labyrinth, please remove your footwear.