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The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will again open its labyrinth to the public Thursday night. The 40-foot wide canvas labyrinth will be available from 8 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday in the church’s gym. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will again open its labyrinth to the public Thursday night. The 40-foot wide canvas labyrinth will be available from 8 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday in the church’s gym. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will again open its labyrinth to the public Thursday night. The 40-foot wide canvas labyrinth will be available from 8 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday in the church’s gym. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will again open its labyrinth to the public Thursday night. The 40-foot wide canvas labyrinth will be available from 8 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday in the church’s gym. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd to open labyrinth to public

Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 2:16 PM

From staff reports

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will again open its labyrinth to the public Thursday night.

The 40-foot wide canvas labyrinth will be available from 8 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday in the church’s gym.

“Our labyrinth is a replica of the labyrinth laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France in the early 1200s,” said Martha Whelan, the leader of the church’s labyrinth efforts. “The history is not written about why this labyrinth was placed on the floor, but it is believed that for medieval Christians, the labyrinth was a symbolic pilgrimage: instead of taking a costly and dangerous pilgrimage to Jerusalem, worshipers made a symbolic journey on a cathedral labyrinth.”

There is one path to the center of the labyrinth and one path back out.

The labyrinth will be available again to the public from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

For more information contact Whelan at 494-0825.

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