The public is invited to celebrate the 11th annual World Labyrinth Day at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, State and Ellis streets, Millsboro. There is ample parking and the labyrinth is ADA compliant. Brochures will be available. Dottie LeCates, who was instrumental in the building of this labyrinth, will be on hand, and Pam White, the regional representative from the Labyrinth Society, will be available with information on other events. The theme is: World Labyrinth Day, Where the World Walks as One.
World Labyrinth Day is taking place all over the United States and in dozens of countries around the world. People from all faiths and interests will be walking labyrinths, creating a wave of peaceful energy around the world across all local time zones. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth, no necessary skill or preferred method. There is one way in and one way out, so no decisions are necessary. Participants can try to quiet the mind and open the heart as they enter. Some prefer to think of a prayer or meditation, or ask a question or seek support in difficult times. The idea of releasing, receiving and reflection is another tool for walking.
Labyrinths had a resurgence of popularity in 1995 with the publication of “Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool,” by Dr. Lauren Artress. Since that publication, many books on all types of labyrinth styles and uses have been published, and thousands of labyrinths have been built in schools, hospitals, cancer treatment centers, churches, private homes and public gardens around the world. Some labyrinths are the pre-Christian classical style and some the very intricate medieval design from the Gothic cathedrals of 800 years ago.
Other Southern Sussex County labyrinths include:
• St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, gardens and cemetery in Lewes, with a large outdoor grass and stone labyrinth on church grounds in the city center. It is open during the day and lighted at night. A lovely setting with outdoor seating, accessible from the church entrance.
• Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor near Milton; this is a full-size Chartres medieval-style labyrinth in a beautiful setting.
• Lutheran Church of Our Savior on Bay Vista Road in Rehoboth Beach has an outdoor brick and paver labyrinth.
Go to labyrinthsociety.org for information on all things labyrinth in the U.S. and world.