Labyrinth available during Lent
Walk the Labyrinth

During the season of Lent (March 6 - April 20) take some time for prayer and reflection with the prayer labyrinth. Our labyrinth will be open from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday.  This self-guided experience will be set up in the Chapel (on the main floor of the church building) and available for use anytime the church building is open.

Many people find that the simple movement of walking the labyrinth’s curving paths allows their minds to become more peaceful and open to the Spirit.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol combining the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering, yet purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back  out again into the world.

Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. These meditative pathways date back thousands of years and have been found in burial sites in Egypt, carved into rocks in England, and traced on pottery and coins in Crete.

You will find Labyrinths in many religious traditions around the world. The Brecksville UMC Labyrinth models the shape of the Labyrinth laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220.

Labyrinths and mazes are sometimes confused; but they are quite different from each other.

A maze is a puzzle to be solved with its twists, turns, and blind alleys. It is a left brain task that requires logical, sequential, analytical thinking to find the correct path.

A labyrinth has only one circuitous path—to the center and out again. A labyrinth is a right brain task. It involves intuition, creativity, and imagery.

An active mind is needed to solve the puzzle of a maze.  With a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made: to enter or not. A more passive, receptive mindset is needed. The choice is whether or not to walk a spiritual path.