On Sunday, Aug. 18, the outdoor walking labyrinth at St. Timothy Lutheran Church was officially dedicated by Pastor Lewis Groce. The labyrinth was constructed several years ago, and was upgraded and moved to its present location during the church's renovation.
Labyrinths have been around for over 4,000 years. The earliest Christian labyrinth was most likely that found in the fourth-century basilica of Reparatus in Orleansville, Algeria. There are many different labyrinth designs, the 13-circuit labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral being among the most famous ones. The labyrinth at St. Timothy Lutheran Church is a seven-circuit labyrinth patterned after one found in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.
The St. Timothy labyrinth is open 24/7 to anyone wishing to increase awareness of self, quiet the mind and deepen their relationship with God. There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth, no rules in or on the labyrinth, only your good intentions to come close to God, to experience and communicate with the Divine in the present moment. Feel free to stop, to stand, to sit at any spot. If there are others walking, please respect their silence by not speaking to them.