Celebrate the summer solstice with a labyrinth walk at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

By Mary Jane Hooper
Special to The PREVIEW

You are invited to come and welcome the summer solstice by walking the sacred path of the beautiful outdoor labyrinth located behind the parking lot at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 21, at 5 p.m.

Labyrinths have long been used as a spiritual tool and are found in almost all cultures and religions. The labyrinth design invites a pattern of movement following many turns that traverse the entire inner space to the center.

People all over the world will be walking labyrinths to celebrate the summer solstice. It is the day of the year where the sun is at the highest point over the equator and, hence, is the shortest night. We can think of the solstice as a spiritual time reminding us of God’s eternal light and the gift of new beginnings.

Standing at the entrance of the labyrinth, one realizes there are only two choices to make, to enter and then to continue to take the next step. There is one path in and it leads to the center. We will gather at the center to absorb the gifts of stillness and silence under the shade of a large and very old pine tree that is rooted there.

As we walk the labyrinth, we open ourselves to whatever gifts or lessons the labyrinth may offer. It is an opportunity to slow down and become aware of the beauty and tranquility that can be found both within and outside of us.

Following the walk, we will gather to share our experiences of walking the sacred path. All are welcome. If you have never walked a labyrinth, a labyrinth facilitator will be available to answer any questions and offer guidance.

St. Patrick’s labyrinth is open to the public and available at any time without making an appointment. Please be respectful of its natural beauty and the quiet prayerful setting.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

This story was posted on June 14, 2015.