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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.
It is laid on the hardwood upper floor of St Pauls Church Hall in a space once used as a theatre and a basketball court.
The 20th Anniversary of St. Paul’s Labyrinth was celebrated on 13th October 2017 and was featured in the Vancouver Courier on October 18, 2017
Here is a short introduction of the Labyrinth at St. Paul’s available in Youtube.
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.
People come to walk its winding path for countless reasons. 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.
Many religious traditions have some form of walking meditation. Labyrinths have appeared in many cultures. One of the best known forms of labyrinth is the seven-circuit classical or “Cretan” labyrinth of Greek mythology.
Labyrinths are often confused with mazes. Mazes are games or puzzles intended to confuse and trick the mind. Labyrinths have only one path that leads into the centre and back out again. It will never try to trick you, never divide, and never present you with a dead end.
Trivia: St Pauls Labyrinth program was created in 1996 under theinitiative and leadership of the Reverend April Stanley during her appointment as associate priest at St Pauls. It remains 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 to rent the portable labyrinth, please contact the church office at 604.685.6832.