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The history of the St. Luke's in the City labyrinth and the impact of the earthquakes of 2011 - destruction and rebuilding

Labyrinth at St Luke's in the City, Christchurch

Blessing the new permanent labyrinth, 28 October 2012

St. Lukes labyrinth blessing 20121028

Invitation to the blessing

In 2000 the parish of St Luke’s in the City created and blessed a canvas Labyrinth designed
to fit the interior of the 1909 Halswell stone & brick church building. For 10 years that
Labyrinth was available to the community for a week every month. The canvas Labyrinth
was destroyed as a consequence of the loss of the church building, following the February
2011 earthquakes.

The parish, with assistance from members of the Student Volunteer
Army, has now constructed an outdoor Labyrinth employing recovered masonry from the
church building. The parish offers this new outdoor Labyrinth to the city as a place for
quiet, reflection, and spiritual nourishment.

The Ceremony
Father David Moore led the blessing ceremony on Sunday 28 October 2012. The congregation gathered and formed a circle around the outer path of the labyrinth. The ceremony began with prayers and a blessing. Father David Moore then blessed the labyrinth with holy water from a crystal bowl, using a sprig of rosemary. The bowl was passed to each person in the circle in turn and they stepped forward to bless the path. A final circuit of the inner circle and a prayer for guidance completed the ceremony. People then began to walk the new labyrinth.

Fr David Moore blessing St. Lukes labyrinth
St. Lukes labyrinth blessing bowl
St. Lukes labyrinth blessing programme
St. Lukes blessing by parishioners
Fr David Moore blessing 20121028

Getting there ...

Physical Address: St. Lukes in the City used to stand at the corner of Manchester & Kilmore Streets, Christchurch.

Availability: Always open.

Phone: +64 3 366 2253

Contact: Jenny Drury

St Lukes in the City
Anglican Church of Aotearoa,
New Zealand



Walking the labyrinth...

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