Saturday, August 18, 2007

Labyrinth Blessing and Dedication, August 18, 2007

Officiant Paschal Baute, August 18, 2007

Welcome, (brief history, Janette and I, Janette and Barbara, Turner and I...) This is already a sacred place made holy by about 160 couples pledging their love, with thousands of their families and friends here praying for them and celebrating their love.

SGN’s sponsoring of the Labyrinth offers to the faith community and spiritual friends the experience of walking a labyrinth as a method for deepening their personal spiritual journey. Such encouragement has been the mission of SGN of Ky for now 18 years.. SGN had its first labyrinth walk here about ten years ago. Today SGN cele brates its 18 birthday. Wow.

The history and mythology of the labyrinth dates back at least 4,000 years. Ancient and new labyrinths can be found all over the world including the native Americans of the Southwest. Contemporary labyrinths have been built in such diverse places across the United States in cathedrals, churches and retreat centers.

Today we come together to dedicate this labyrinth. Maybe each of you might have a personal intention or invocation when we pause at the end. Then SGN members and friends will place their stones on the SGN cairn. We will return for lunch and then have the time after lunch for private walking.

Dear Creator and Inner Spiritual Guide, our God, be with all of us today as we dedicate and set apart this Sacred Path.
Grant that those who come to it seeking your wisdom may find it.
Grant that those who come to it seeking your healing, may receive it. Grant that those who come with guilt and fear may be freed for transformation, and become able to reconcile the past and be released to walk into the future celebrating the gift of their own life.
Grant that those who come as a pilgrim seeking whatever answers they need, may find within a ready source of love, power, and peace.
We ask you to hallow + bless + and sanctify + this labyrinth with your benediction, and grant that it may allow your faithful to magnify by praise and work your Loving Presence among us.

In our fast paced society we often rush, seldom take time for the inner life, Make this stroll here with our souls, a sacred place--a place of peace and joy, a place of love and healing, a place of understanding and knowing.

May the outward beauty of this place summon each of us And to the inward beauty of each heart. As we reach the deep center of our awareness, we accept that our life journey has been incredibly unique yet often similar to others.

When we stand at the center of our lives, we accept that like each flower, we are a gift to the universe, like pollen-bearing stamen, an effloresence bloom, each a unique flower offered to the universe, full of fragrance and fertility.

May all who walk this labyrinth be balanced, centered and grounded; have peace and happiness; be healed according to their needs; have their hearts filled with unconditional love.

May the energy of this labyrinth always be pure, full of light and love. May the experiences of all who walk this labyrinth be for their highest good.

Finally I dedicate this labyrinth with the great Journey song of the New attributed to Mary, read, sung and prayed by every monk, nun and priest every day for the last one thousand years. (Recited here in plain chant.)

Amen, Alleluia.


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