Lenten Labryinth: Inner Journey

If you have never been on a labyrinth walk, you have missed something. No matter what your religion, or if you have no religion, it is an opportunity to journey inside your own soul. Pictured is one that I took three years ago, in Maui, after a sunrise trip to Haleakala.

A portable labyrinth walk will be installed inside Princeton United Methodist Church for Good Friday. At noon and afterwards, anyone may take the walk — and/or listen to the meditations offered in the adjacent sanctuary.

The Good Friday labyrinth walk is one of several Lenten opportunities to prepare for Easter. On Tuesdays at noon, the business community is invited to 30-minute midweek Lenten services, followed by a light lunch. Catherine Williams, Anna Gillette, and Cathie Capp will present Prayer through Movement (April 5),
Contemplative Prayers, (April 12) and “Hidden with Christ – a Love Feast” (April 19).

Sunday worship will feature “Face to Face” encounters, pairing a chancel-drama monologue, voiced by actor Scott Langdon, and a sermon on such characters as the Devil, the Samaritan Woman, and Lazarus.

The Holy Week schedule includes a Tenebrae (Shadows) service on Thursday, April 21. In addition to the noon labyrinth walk on Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. Hyosang Park will direct John Rutter’s Requiem, incorporating scripture, art, movement, and contemplative prayer.

Easter morning begins with a 6 a.m. sunrise service on the church lawn, on the corner of Nassau and Vandeventer, followed by a continental breakfast. At the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services Rev. Jana Purkis-Brash will preach, and music will be offered by all six of the choirs. For evening and Sunday parking, the university lots off Williams Street (behind Thomas Sweet and 185 Nassau Street) are available.

In a labyrinth, as in life, you come to places where you must turn around and start over. Whether you are in the season of Lent, or Passover, or the Spring Equinox, now is a good time to begin again.

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