The labyrinth goes back 5,000 years or more. Beginning in the Middle Ages, Christianity adopted the labyrinth as a symbol, changing the design to imbue it with specifically Christian meaning. For almost a thousand years there has been an identifiable Christian labyrinth tradition.
The idea for a Quiet Garden and Labyrith at the parish of Saint John’s, Richmond, originated as a community project to celebrate the new millennium. Endorsed by the people of the Parish and the Richmond Village Association, the project has moved steadily forward thanks to an enthusiastic group of gardeners and helpers.On June 23rd, 2002, a Service of Consecration of the Quiet Garden and Labyrinth took place, with some one hundred friends and well-wishers in attendance, and Bishop Peter Coffin formally blessing what was in fact, as he wisely pointed out, already “holy ground”.
In our parish, Myra Conway has taken the lead in introducing us to this ancient form of meditation and worship. On Thursday July 7, she was accompanied by Carol Gervais, Donna Rourke, and Marg Hartley on a visit to this tranquil oasis.
Acknowledgements: Labyrith Enterprises, Saint John’s Church, Richmond
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