St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Springville, is inviting the public to join in a walk through the labyrinth on Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. The gathering will serve as a community remembrance of the events on Sept. 11, 2001.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks, and Sept. 11 is now formally recognized as a Day of Service and Remembrance across the United States. Over 30 million Americans are expected to participate in Sept. 11 day programs promoting peace and unity as they honor those lost in the attacks, as well as survivors and service personnel who were affected by the attack.
“St Paul’s invites community members to walk with us each year on September 11 as a way to reflect and remember that tragic day.” said the Very Rev. Gary Schindler, Vicar of St. Paul’s, in a press release. “The labyrinth is a way to pray and meditate on how God leads us on our ever changing journeys as Christians.”
This occasion is a good time to consider our interchangeable journeys, Schindler said.
“Some years we have several people walking, sometimes only a few. Everyone is welcome to come and be a part of this prayerful endeavor,” he noted.
Labyrinths are an ancient form of prayer and meditation that date back thousands of years.Built by parishioners in the fall of 2003 and formally dedicated in the spring of 2004, the labyrinth at St. Paul’s is based on the labyrinth found at the Gothic style Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France. St. Paul’s outdoor labyrinth is located behind the church building, 591 E. Main St., in Springville.. It is open to the public during daylight hours, weather permitting.
For more information about St. Paul’s, call the church office at 716-592-2153 or visit their website at http://www.stpaulsspringville.org/