St Paul’s Church Labyrinth in the West End
The Labyrinth at St. Paul’s Anglican Church is a full 13-metre replica of the medieval labyrinth laid in the stone floor of the 13th-century Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Chartres, 80Km south of Paris. Our labyrinth in the West End neighbourhood of St Paul’s, on Jervis, near Davie, is open six days a week for silent walking, prayer and meditation and has been open since 1996.
In addition to silent walks for reflection in the mornings six days a week, we also offer two evening walks a month on the second and last Fridays. Last Friday walks include live music from a variety of performers. As well, for those looking for a more contemplative new years, we open in the evening new years eve right through to midnight with live music, and on new years day for silent reflection.
“The Labyrinth is a spiritual tool that has many applications in various settings. It reduces stress, quiets the mind and opens the heart. It is a walking meditation, a path of prayer, and a blue-print where psyche meets Spirit.” – Rev. Lauren Artress
Who Walks? Why Walk?
For many, it is a way of centering themselves or of seeking insight during times of transition in their lives. For others, it is a channel for relating to the Divine.
The labyrinth is a spiritual form that is open to people of all faiths and spiritual disciplines as a resource for meditation, reflection, and prayer. Unlike a maze, labyrinths have only one path that leads into the centre and back out again. There are slips of paper and pens to write down your thoughts, meditations or prayers and a prayer wall with to pin them to. There are also chairs and cushions for still forms of meditation and centering.
Spiritual but not religious?
All are welcome here without questions or judgement. We recognized that not everyone prays in the same way, and walking is as valid a way to connect spiritually as sitting in a church sanctuary. Many religious traditions have some form of walking meditation, including Christianity. Labyrinths have appeared in many cultures.
Who Created St Paul’s Labyrinth?
St Pauls Labyrinth was created by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1996 under the initiative and leadership of the Reverend April Stanley during her appointment as associate priest at St Pauls. It is run by a team of volunteers and long time walkers in the Labyrinth Guild, and staffed six days a week by a group of dedicated multifaith volunteers. It is a program of St Pauls Anglican Church, funded as part of parish ministry.
A smaller, portable canvas labyrinth, based on the ancient Cretan pattern, is available for rent for use at other venues. If you are interested in renting the portable labyrinth, please contact the church office at 604.685.6832 ext.10.