Saturday, April 27, 2019

Spring Labyrinth at Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community

Walk and pray with us…

April 27, 2019
Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community
10:00am – 2:00pm


Walk and pray with us and experience the subtle and profound

transformational power of the labyrinth. Set your intention before walking and, while walking, open yourself to the Holy Spirit and your inner wisdom.

Intentions may come in the form of a question or a statement prayer.
· How can I resolve difficulty in a relationship?
· What is the most creative solution for my project?
· I walk to seek guidance
· I walk with a prayer for healing.
· I walk to experience an opening to the Mystery.

My Intention(s)
When your intention is set, take a few breaths to quiet your mind. The labyrinth invites your sacred imagination to deliver inner wisdom and clarity. The images that begin to emerge during the walk often appear from a metaphor encounter on the path.  Everything that happens on the walk when experienced through the intuitive and sacred imagination gives you whatever you need to learn from a place beyond the everyday ego.

Opening Prayer
(Light a candle and place it anywhere around the edge of the labyrinth)

The Earth is our mother, whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth, this we know. All things are connected. The Earth will take care of us, if we will take care of the earth. (Chief Seattle)

Walk the Labyrinth

Open your senses and pay attention to the symbols that appear before you as you walk. Notice the metaphoric meaning of what you see, hear, smell, touch, taste, and intuit during your labyrinth experience.

Find your own rhythm as you walk. You may encounter others on the path. Follow your instincts and guidance. Pass another if you feel guided to do so. You may feel the urge to cry, laugh, sing, or dance. Allow your body to move freely.

Offer a prayer of gratitude when your walk is complete. Record your reflections in your journal.

Whatever you are carrying or seeking, made your personal experience of walking the labyrinth bless you with peace, hope, and renewal.

Prayer of Gratitude

Closing Prayer: Easter Hymn for Earth
Hallelujah! They have risen!
Snowdrop, crocus, bearded iris.
Exult and throw your happy arms upward!
The trillium carpet the forest floor.
The tulips, triumphant in rainbow rows,

rise up singing "our cups overflow."
The creatures dress in their feast-day finest,
the loons and penguins in black tie and tux.
Hallelujah ushers forth from lips and beaks
as quacks, warbles, howls and hoots
fill the forests and fields with hymns of joy.

Let the Earth be glad and the sky shower praise
for the riot of color in her cloak of glory:

Purple Martin, Scarlet Tanager,
Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,
Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Indigo Bunting.

It is right to give thanks and to pray for the endangered,
relatives among us but not for long:

Bengal Tiger, Blue Whale, Leatherback Sea Turtle,
Asian Elephant, Javan Rhinoceros, Mountain Gorilla,
Snow Leopard, Red Wolf, California Condor.

It is fitting that we mourn our relations now extinct-
though the list is long, let us name a few:

Chinese River Dolphin, Japanese Sea Lion,
Caribbean Monk Seal, Cascade Mountain Wolf, Sardinian Lynx,
Bali Tiger, Mexican Grizzly, Eastern Cougar, Black Rhinoceros,
Koala Lemur, Barbary Lion, Laughing Owl.

For all that dies and rises, we bend our knee.

As creatures of the Cosmos, progeny of the Universe,
we give thanks and rejoice for the Flame within us.
With the bald eagles and hairy frogfish,
with the furry kittens and spiny hedgehogs,
with the runny-nosed bison and red-nosed reindeer
we stand in awe as Earth spins, tides change,
hearts beat, eyes see, hands comfort.

We who believe in Life give Life.
In adoration, we sing, we bow,
we weep tears of joy and anguish.

This feast marks the life of a prophet
who said, we're told, more than once,
"What you see me do, you can do, and more."
That is what this praise is for.

What rises today and every dawn
are these words that remind us:
There is nothing in the world we cannot do.

Let us rise, let us pray, let us sing.
Let us take this suffering world into our arms
and rock and rock and rock.


Jan Phillips 2017

Closing Song :Arise by Sara Thomson
Sung by Three Altos

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For lo, the winter is past and the rains are over and gone.

Arise, my love, my fair one.
The flowers appear on the earth and the time of singing has come.
Arise, my love, my fair one.
The voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.
Arise, my love, my fair one.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Facilitators: Margaret Dilgen, Mary Skelly and Mary Theresa Streck

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Labyrinth Workshop: During lunch, participants created finger labyrinths.

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