Saturday, April 03, 2010

Labyrinth


Labyrinth
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A meditative journey in a compressed amount of space could describe one way people use a prayer labyrinth, and it occurred to me the Christian Lenten season which comes to a close today, is also used by some people of faith for a meditative journey through 40 days of growing unease and disorientation to the hopelessness of death and darkness and then the surprising shift at the transforming center: a brilliant Easter morning with death completely overturned. I am wishing everyone who celebrates it a lovely close to Holy Week and a joyous Easter. This outdoor labyrinth is open to the public in the courtyard of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the Uptown neighborhood. Whenever I walk by I admire the unique 1962 "Googie" style roof that fits in so well with similar design elements of nearby landmarks built at the same time like Key Arena and Seattle Center.

3 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

Great choice, Kim!

This labyrinth appears to be modeled on the one at Chartres cathedral. Grace (Episcopal) Cathedral in San Francisco has two labyrinths patterned after Chartres - one in the nave of the church and one outdoors.

Joni James said...

I had no idea we had a Labyrinth in Seattle. Thanks for sharing!

carolyn said...

Ours at the Cathedral Church of St John (Episcopal) in Albuquerque is an identical design and is in a beautiful enclosed garden. Good Friday was for us a chilly, windy night. Some of us have been suffering through a terrible tragedy down here; that night I walked the labyrinth reading to myself from the Stations of the Cross.