Williams Hosts Holy Week Labyrinth
In January of 2005, several dozen members of the Williams College community created a replica of the 13th century labyrinth inscribed on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France, on a 36-foot-square expanse of portable canvas. Since then, the labyrinth is spread out several times each year. It will be available during Holy Week, Monday through Saturday, April 14 to 19 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special candle-lit evening hours until 9 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 17. The labyrinth is an ancient device for walking meditation, with connections to many kinds of spirituality. It can be enjoyed by people of all faiths and by those with no affiliation to organized religion. The complex path is an apt metaphor for all kinds of journeys: despite unexpected twists and turns, it always leads to the center and back out again. A reflective walk to the center and back out again takes 20 to 30 minutes. Walkers are asked to remove their shoes to protect the canvas.
The First Congregational Church is located at 906 Main Street, Route 2, in Williamstown, Mass. The building is fully handicapped accessible, and parking is available behind the church off of Chapin Hall Drive. Visit FirstChurchWilliamstown.org for details.