Lenten quiet morning on the labyrinth

Would you like to take time out to be quiet with the Lord during Lent?

You have that opportunity on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore, Washington. Gather in the Parish Hall in the undercroft at 9:00 am to prepare the space and blossom the canvas Circle of Peace™ labyrinth. There will be a brief introduction to the labyrinth as a prayer experience.

The guided walk for this morning is based on following Sunday’s gospel, the Prodigal, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. You may do an independent walk if you choose.

If you wish another labyrinth experience, several finger and stylus labyrinths will be available.

The Lentin quiet morning closes at 12:00 noon. We will close the labyrinth and prepare the Parish Hall for Sunday.

If you have questions, send an email message to labyrinth@redeemer-kenmore.org, or call the church office.

The Circle of Peace labyrinth at St. Placid Priory

The canvas Circle of Peace labyrinth being used at St. Placid Priory in Lacey, Washington. Photo from Bee Jay Mar.

Circle of Peace labyrinth

Circle of Peace labyrinth

Circle of Peace labyrinth by Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty. “Circle of Peace” is a trademark of Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty.

The Lenten quiet morning at Church of the Redeemer will use the Circle of Peace labyrinth.

The Circle of Peace design is a 7-circuit concentric circle labyrinth pattern. It is a contemporary design that blends elements of the classical and medieval patterns. It is most similar to a manuscript labyrinth drawn around the year 1000 in Oxfordshire, England, that is attributed to an abbot of the Abingdon Abbey. The manuscript labyrinth has six circuits. Adding another circuit between the three outer paths with the three inner paths symbolically connects the labyrinth walker’s outer self and inner, spiritual self.

In this new design, the number of paths totals seven, the most mystical number in many traditions. In working with various groups and individuals, Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty has observed that, for some, the long sweeping full-circuit paths of the classical style labyrinths represent “journey.” Others preferred labyrinth experiences with frequent 180-degree turns found in medieval quadrant labyrinths, such as at Chartres cathedral. The Circle of Peace design incorporates both styles, and has a wide appeal.

The alignment of the entrance paths creates a special area that can be used as an altar space or reflection place. This is a perfect location for a sculpture, plant, candle, cross, prayer basket, fountain, burning bowl or other ceremonial feature. It is approached from all directions during the walk. This space can also incorporate a stepping stone to provide a place to pause for reflection during the walk or for direct access between the entrance threshold and the center.

The quadrant designations incorporate divine symbols of a circle divided by a cross, found in Christianity as well as earlier spiritual practices and traditions. The division of the circle into four sections also provides a base for designs utilizing medicine wheel and the four elements of creation. In addition, the number of full 180 degree turns in the pattern is 14, making the Circle of Peace an excellent design for Stations of the Cross meditations.

(Description of the Circle of Peace labyrinth taken from Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty, pathsofpeace.com.)

The canvas Circle of Peace labyrinth

The canvas Circle of Peace labyrinth. Photo from Bee Jay Mar.

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.