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Chichester Cathedral Labyrinth: An Installation in the North Transept

Saturday 28th January - Thursday 23rd February 2017 (inclusive).

Open daily with free entry.

Click on the video below to hear Cathedral Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane, talk about Labyrinths, their history, meaning and spiritual significance.

Labyrinth at Chichester Cathedral
Labyrinth at Chichester Cathedral

This simple installation, created in-house by Diocesan Spiritual Directors, provides a labyrinthine path for visitors to walk, inviting them to experience this ancient symbol.  Although simple in structure, the labyrinth is rich in meaning - labyrinths have been linked around the world with stories of journeys, encounters and transformation.

A labyrinth is an ancient walking meditation and consists of a single path leading into the centre and out again.  You cannot get lost in a labyrinth, unlike a maze, although you may experience many twists and turns along the route.  By following one path only, throughout all its changes in direction, the labyrinth encourages one to still the mind, open the heart, and enter into a spiritual journey.  People are invited to walk the labyrinth as a journey of reflection, pilgrimage, a place of stillness and openness.

Labyrinths are often found in ancient cathedrals, notably Chartres in France dating from 1220, and were very popular in the late 20th and early 21st century.  Locally at Boxgrove Priory a labyrinth was included in the flooring in 2009 when the church was restored.

Willow screen at entrance to Labyrinth
Willow screen at entrance to Labyrinth

At the entrance to the labyrinth in the North Transept is a willow screen and an archway encouraging a feeling of stepping out of the hustle and bustle of ordinary life into the labyrinth space.  The willow screen was made by Rebecca and Mark Ford of Two Circles Design.

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