St Agatha's Labyrinth Sacred Space
In 2017, St Agatha's School commissioned the construction of Labyrinth Sacred Space located at the Crombie Street amphitheatre. It's purpose was to provide the students and staff with a quiet space for prayer, contemplation, reflection and meditation in accordance with our Catholic Identity. The establishment of a Labyrinth sacred space was in line with the recommendations indicated in the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project, which calls for recontexualisation of our Catholic Identity for our school context. Recontextualisation describes any formal process whereby something is placed in a new context, thereby receiving renewed meaning and plausibility. It involves the re-imagination of the Catholic tradition in our contemporary context.
What is a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre and back again out into the world. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is designed for ease of navigation, and it is impossible to get lost within one.
A prayer labyrinth is used to facilitate prayer, meditation, spiritual transformation and reflection. While prayer Labyrinths have been used in Catholic cathedrals for centuries, the past decade has seen resurgence in their popularity.
What we use our Labyrinth for?
St Agatha's Labyrinth Sacred Space is used for liturgies such as reconciliation, communal prayer services and student meditation. The students are welcome to walk the labyrinth during playtime, before school and after school.
How to walk a Labyrinth?
The staff at St Agatha's engaged in a spiritual formation day where they were guided by an expert to experience the multiple and spiritual uses of a Labyrinth. The participant starts at the entrance of the Labyrinth with an intention in mind. They begin to walk the Labyrinth by following the path in a reflective and unhurried manner until they reach the centre. At the centre, the participant can take their time to pray, reflect on their intention, meditate or to be still in the moment. When ready, the participant then exits the centre the way they came until they walk back through the entrance. By walking the Labyrinth, participants feel a sense of calm, renewal and thankfulness.