The Sacred Garden
The Sacred Garden
The garden is a contemplative place, a welcome and peaceful place. See the following video (spring of 2016), which provides an overview. It's narrated by parishioner, Mike Simpson.
The Sacred Garden welcomes you. The gates show the way in and are always open 24/7.
Originally inaugurated in the summer of 2012,
like each of us, the Sacred Garden is always a work-in-progress and is still growing!
St. Mary's Labyrinth
In April 2016 a video, narrated by Leslie Davies, was produced to explain the labyrinth experience as part of St. Mary's Sacred Garden. See below.
The Labyrinth, which completed the building of the Sacred Garden, was opened in 2015. The following video by Joshua Dobrowolski gives a 'bird's-eye-view' of the completed project.
More FACTS About the LABYRINTH in ST. MARY'S SACRED GARDEN
Did you know that the original vision statement directing the design of our new church was: A pilgrim journey from the secular to the spiritual punctuated by significant artworks. The Sacred Garden is an essential part of that pilgrim journey. Within our Sacred Garden, blessed by Bishop Frederick Henry on September 7, 2014, we have a labyrinth. In the Middle Ages, walking a cathedral labyrinth was a substitute for going on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Not everyone could make the long and arduous journey to the Holy Land, so walking a labyrinth in a church was a devotional activity. Today, church labyrinths are used as walking meditations, to focus the mind and put the walker in tune with their own sacred journey.
The labyrinth in our Sacred Garden is a 7-circuit model. A labyrinth is viewed as a walking meditation, a path of prayer and an archetypal blueprint where psyche meets Spirit. It has only one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the centre. Unlike a maze where you can lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way. The labyrinth is a metaphor of our spiritual journey toward God, a journey that can have many unexpected twists and turns, but that always and ever leads us to our God, our centre. For a short video introduction to the labyrinth, check out the following INTRODUCTION to ST. PAUL'S LABYRINTH in Vancouver- click HERE.
Labyrinths are currently being used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, recover a balance in life, and encourage meditation, insight, self-reflection and celebration. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural blueprint for spiritual well-being. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind and the mind with the spirit. The labyrinth in our Sacred Garden is open 24/7. We hope you will check it out soon!
If several people walk a labyrinth together, they may pass one another, going in either the same direction or opposite to each other. They may pass in meditative silence or quietly salute each other by a nod of the head or a raising of the hands. The effect of meeting fellow pilgrims on the path is part of the labyrinth experience. The labyrinth is a joyfully sacred space -- you do not need to be somber around it. But if someone is walking the labyrinth, it is courteous to respect the need they may have for quiet concentration.