The St. Philip’s Labyrinth is located on the lawn directly behind the sanctuary at 256 East Main Street very near Silvermont, the Visitor’s Center and the Farmer’s Market.
To offer a community labyrinth was a long-term vision of the church that came to fruition in July 2019. It is open to ALL. Some people will walk as a form of prayer, for others simply a place for peace, quiet and meditation. Children instinctively skip or hop along the path.
“Solvitur ambulando...It is solved by walking,” said the fourth century theologian St. Augustine of Hippo. Today, individuals may find this advice is true in the practice of walking a Labyrinth, an ancient spiritual art that has become an interfaith experience as a result of a growing interest in spiritual formation and direction. Walking the labyrinth is a time set apart from the business and busy-ness of the world and the thoughts of the mind, set apart to contemplate and reflect.
A Labyrinth is NOT a maze. When going through a maze, the walker is faced with dead ends, wrong turns and multiple choices of paths. A Labyrinth has a circuitous path – but it is a single path that goes unfailingly to the center and back out to the starting point. This allows the mind to be cleared of decisions or any other thoughts and provides for a contemplative, meditative experience.
There are numerous resources that are helpful for those who want to explore the history and symbolism of the Labyrinth. Some are listed here:
There are no rules, as there is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. There are however a few recommendations and ideas for those who have never experienced this form of meditation or prayer.
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