The Use of Labyrinths
The Labyrinth is an ancient path of wisdom, healing and peace that is found in many major religious traditions and cultures around the world, and dates back at least 5,000 years. The Labyrinth at St Luke's is a replica of the nearly 800 year old Labyrinth first found in Chartres Cathedral, France.
It is a journey of the heart that will take you 30 - 45 minutes and covers nearly half a kilometer. People often discover that walking this path will naturally quieten their mind and help them become more centred and in touch with their spiritual nature.
By taking time to walk the Labyrinth, we are re-entering a long forgotten mystical tradition and opening the door to the sacred. For some, the experience may be rich, fruitful, even dramatic. For others, it may be quiet, simple or even dry. Just be open to receive whatever experience and gift the Labyrinth has for us individually.
The Canvas Labyrinth at St. Luke's and the earthquakes
St Luke's initially had a portable labyrinth. This was a medieval Chartres replica, made of canvas, and was 12 metres in diameter. It was first used in the year 2000 but was lost in the earthquake of 22 February 2011.
St Luke's in the City Anglican Church was damaged in the September 2010 earthquake. Plans for repair and seismic strengthening were well advanced when the 22 February 2011 quake struck, which damaged the building beyond repair.
Bishop Victoria Matthews and St Luke’s congregation deconsecrated the church building at 8am on Sunday 10 April 2011. The church building was reduced to a safe height by controlled demolition on 6-8 July 2011 and demolition was completed in October 2011.
Many heritage and precious items were recovered from the building, however the canvas Labyrinth was destroyed.