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.
Church of the Holy Spirit
204 Monument Road, Orleans
December 8, 2017 10:00 A.M. Labyrinth Walk
At 5:30 P.M. Labyrinth Walk and Celebration of the Eucharist
This monthly Friday morning walk led by Darlene T. Hagon, Veriditas-certified Labyrinth Facilitator will focus on the theme, Gifts. She will guide us in exploring the ways in which gifts are an important part of human relationships. She suggests that gifts often define both the giver and the recipient. In this way they strengthen the bonds we feel and bring the benefits of long-lasting connection among people.
The Rev. Anne Koehler will open the walk with a prayer selected to augment the theme and Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas-certified Labyrinth Facilitator will pace our entrance into the Labyrinth. Music, inspirational banners and candle light will enhance our experiences. Closing prayer and comments will follow this traditional walk.
The Evening Labyrinth Walk with Eucharist at 5:30 will prompt us to ponder the true question of Advent: What are we waiting for? We will gather to hear the Word of God through selections from Psalm 80 and the Gospel of Mark. We will spend time in quiet meditation while walking the labyrinth or simply sitting. The evening concludes with a simple service of Communion. The entire service is softly lit and accompanied by meditative music. The Rev. Anne Koehler presides.
Please keep in mind that attendance does not require that you walk the labyrinth. Sitting in the quiet, inspirational space can be a special experience for all. Being present with us makes time for taking deep breaths and leaving the energy of the ordinary world outside.
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.