A meditative labyrinth in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds is proving a popular space for reflection during Holy Week.
Revd Jude Smith, Pioneer Team Vicar of the Abbeylands Team, says, “A labyrinth is a path that twists in a circle, leading anyone who walks it into a centre and back out again. We've initially made it out of twigs and are inviting people to add leaves and blossoms so that by our sunrise service here on Easter Day (6.30am!) it will really have come alive.
“It’s both a week-long prophetic act and a metaphor for this city. As we’ve put down bits of dry twig and asked God to bring it to life, we’re also asking God to bring new spiritual life to the city.
“There have been some interesting conversations already. Some have just happened upon on the labyrinth, and found it very moving - such as a family who were on their way to a funeral and were looking for somewhere to be quiet, and another family from Surrey who came here because Harewood House was shut.
“And I’ve spoken to a number of photographers who come to the Abbey because of its beauty, and they’ve been intrigued.”
People are encouraged to bring flowers and foliage to add to the labyrinth - open 10am-4pm until Easter Sunday. A guide is available to advise, but there are also written guides on how to walk the path.
Article in Yorkshire Evening Post here
Youtube message from Jude Smith here.
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