St Luke’s Labyrinth is a replica of the 13th century Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth.
Originally made for St Luke’s and commissioned in 2000 it was lost in the 22 February 2011 earthquake.
An outdoor Labyrinth was constructed using masonry recovered from the demolition of St Luke’s Church building.
The Labyrinth is an ancient path of wisdom, healing and peace, found in many religious traditions and cultures, and dating back at least 5,000 years.
The distinguishing features of the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth are 11 circuits, the turns arranged in 4 quadrants, lunations or teeth around the perimeter, and a 6-petal rosette in the centre.
Walking a Labyrinth is a form of wordless prayer, a spiritual pilgrimage. Requiring about 30-45 minutes to walk a distance of almost ½ km. A Labyrinth has only one path that leads slowly to the centre and back again by the same path.
Many people find that walking this path naturally quietens the mind and helps them become more centred and in touch with their spiritual nature.
The Labyrinth is on the corner of Manchester & Kilmore Streets, Christchurch.
St Luke’s Labyrinth is available for all to walk, at any time, with occasional guided meditations.