The Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that can help bring about personal transformation, healing and a shift in consciousness. It is meant to awaken us to the deep rhythm that unites us to ourselves and to the Light that calls within.
At McKillop, the labyrinth in our church hall is a replica of the classical eleven-circuit labyrinth from Chartre Cathedral in France. It has a single path that meanders through 11 concentric circles to the center which is often called the rosette, a rose, or a lily signifying the sacred center, beauty, enlightenment, or love. As one meanders to the center, one will make thirty-four turns, face the center thirteen times and walk about 861 feet one way.
Dr. Rev’d Lauren Artress, founder of Verditas, writes in her book Walking a Sacred Path as a Spirit Tool, that “Labyrinths are divine imprints. Walking a labyrinth is a body prayer. It is non-threatening; all we are asked to do is walk. The seeker can use the labyrinth to quiet the mind and find peace and illumination.”
The labyrinth is open to anyone and any tradition to walk, because it does not require a doctrine to walk meditatively or contemplatively. Adults and children both find the labyrinth beneficial.
Please call the church office at 403-328-2703 to check its availability if you would like to walk the labyrinth.