Monday, 16 March 2015

A Year in Pictures – 16 March 2015 – Labyrinth

A detail from the new labyrinth in the churchyard of St Olave Hart Street, fashioned from thousands of granite setts. Beneath the central Jerusalem cross—a single stone octagon, whose surface has been polished to create the darker areas—lie some disarticulated bones, reinterred with solemn ceremony after they had been unearthed during the working of the ground.

The labyrinth has been laid in a corner of the churchyard that gets little light and where plants do not generally flourish. Labyrinths go back to ancient times and have no single symbolic meaning, although they have in Christian tradition become a resource for prayer and meditation as one walks the path. Perhaps the most famous Christian labyrinth is that in Chartres Cathedral.

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