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The Clane & Rathcoffey Labyrinth

parish-labyrinth-reduced-sizeA labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

A labyrinth is not a maze. In a labyrinth there is a clear path in and out. The labyrinth is a aid to help you with meditation and prayer. In the Middle Ages the labyrinths were used as a way for people to participate in a pilgrimage without the expense or time required in actually going to another place. Labyrinths were created on the floors of cathedrals to help draw people into meditation.

A labyrinth helps direct one’s focus toward God. Unlike a maze, which has dead ends and the possibility of getting lost, a labyrinth has a clear path, but it sometimes takes unexpected twists and turns. In this way it resembles the journey of life.

Prayer with a labyrinth has three movements.

1. As one moves toward the centre of the labyrinth the pilgrim focuses on letting go of worldly attachments or coming to God with a question.

2. At the centre, the person comes to the centre of his or her relationship with God. One may linger in the centre of the labyrinth, spending time reflecting on one’s relationship with God and praying.

3. Eventually, however, the need returns to move out into the world again. As the pilgrim leaves, she or he walks with Jesus back into the ordinary places of life as a renewed person.

On your way in or out you also might choose to recite a prayer phrase such as ‘Here I am Lord’ or ‘When I am afraid Lord I will trust in you’

At a slow but steady pace and allowing a little time at the centre the labyrinth walk will take you 25 to 35 minutes. Be at peace on your journey.

The Clane & Rathcoffey Labyrinth is situated on the green area at the back of the Parish Car Park on Main Street, Clane.

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