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Walking a sacred path

Lutherans rediscover the ancient labyrinth as a way of prayer

Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has no tricky dead-ends. It has one path — a pattern of U-turns — that leads to the center and then out again. The center is typically shaped like a six-petaled flower, sometimes called "the New Jerusalem."

The twisting path becomes a metaphor for the faith journey, a mirror for what is happening in one's life (see page 16). For Christians, the path also is a reminder of Christ's journey to the cross.

Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has no tricky dead-ends. It has one path — a pattern of U-turns — that leads to the center and then out again. The center is typically shaped like a six-petaled flower, sometimes called "the New Jerusalem."

The twisting path becomes a metaphor for the faith journey, a mirror for what is happening in one's life (see page 16). For Christians, the path also is a reminder of Christ's journey to the cross.


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