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Blessing the new permanent labyrinth

Labyrinth at St Luke's in the City, Christchurch

St Lukes

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.
 

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Pastoral Letter April 2011

My dear friends,

I am so grateful for you and your companionship during these very difficult days. I’m sure that none of us would ever have imagined that it would be necessary for us to meet as we did on 27 March. And so thankful that we have stood by each other, shoulder to shoulder, in making an appallingly-difficult decision.

All of us love deeply the gracious, spacious, sacred building which has been St Luke’s as we have known her. We know, without the shadow of a doubt, the tremendous importance of sacred space and its capacity to mediate the Divine Presence. This is most exquisitely expressed in a deeply moving email I received from one of you this week: “What I heard from many others, and this would be true of me too, is how the building held them in a way - with a quietness, a space, and a grandness too...or a vast enclosed-ness - when what had previously been holding us together collapsed, unravelled, fell away, or felt too tight and unallowing. It was the building, not the community, that drew me to St Luke’s.”

None of us want to let the grand old lady go. And together we reached the conclusion that we must. We have done what was necessary. And our hearts are broken. And it is clear that we are already looking to the future with hope and imagination and a desire to serve. Thank you so much!
....

With my love,
David

Renewal and a permanent outdoor labyrinth

The Church community continues its life at the Mary Potter Community Centre, 442 Durham Street North.

The parish decided to construct an outdoor labyrinth on the St Luke's land using masonry recovered from the demolished building.

Two clubs at the University of Canterbury, the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) and Entré joined forces to "make something special for the community, something fun". The two clubs created a competition to help out in the rebuild of Christchurch. Students were asked "what they would do with a vacant plot of land, be creative and make it awesome." External judges selected the final six designs and the St. Luke's labyrinth project was one of the winners. Telogis became a sponsor and the six Telogis "In our backyard" projects were all undertaken on the same day, Saturday, 28 July 2012. [See images below taken by Daniel Deans who led the Student Volunteer Army]

Landscaping and finishing of the labyrinth were then done and a suitably-mature liquidamber was planted in the cente. The formal opening took place on Sunday 28 October 2012 with a Labyrinth Blessing and community celebration service, conducted in the labyrinth.

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Blessing the new permanent labyrinth

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,
Christchurch
New Zealand

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Walking the labyrinth...

The canvas labyrinth ...

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More on this Church ...

 

Plans for a new labyrinth...

The parish decided to construct an outdoor labyrinth on the St Luke's land using masonry recovered from the demolished building.

More on the Student Volunteer Army ...

 

Photo: Daniel Deans

Photo: Daniel Deans

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