LabyrinthFirst Church in Pembroke is very thankful for the generous donation of the Chartes Labyrinth.  The meditative maze was donated by the Hume family in memory of the Rev. James Clark, Lori Hume’s uncle.

What is a “labyrinth” you may ask?

Wikipedia offers the following (portions abbreviated) regarding labyrinths:

“Labyrinths have on various occasions been used in Christian tradition as a part of worship. The earliest known example is from a fourth-century basilica pavement in… Orleansville, Algeria… though it is unclear how it might have been used in worship.

In medieval times, labyrinths began to appear on church walls and floors around 1000 C.E.. The most famous medieval labyrinth, with great influence on later practice, was created in Chartres Cathedral.   The purpose of the labyrinths is not clear, though there are surviving descriptions of French clerics performing a ritual Easter dance along the path on Easter Sunday.   Some books (guidebooks in particular) suggest that mazes on cathedral floors originated in the medieval period as alternatives to pilgrimage to the Holy Land, but the earliest attested use of the phrase “chemin de Jerusalem” (path to Jerusalem) dates to the late 18th century when it was used to describe mazes at Reims and Saint-Omer…   accompanying rituals, depicted Romantic illustrations involving pilgrims following the maze on their knees while praying, may have been practiced at Chartres during the 17th century…

The use of labyrinths has recently been revived in some contexts of Christian worship. For example, a labyrinth was set up on the floor of St Paul’s Cathedral for a week in March 2000.   In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the labyrinth symbol, which has inspired a revival in labyrinth building… labyrinths and mazes have been embraced by the video game industry, and countless video games feature such a location… on bobsled, luge, and skeleton tracks, a labyrinth is where there are three to four curves in succession without a straight line in between any of the turns… in modern imagery, the labyrinth of Daedalus is often represented by a multicursal maze, in which one may become lost.”