Church Offers Meditative Labyrinth for Holy Week March 24

Local Lynn Brown to give presentation and facilitate

The community is invited to join in a Lenten Labyrinth Walk on Palm Sunday, March 24, at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown in Cold Spring.

The labyrinth at the First Presbyterian Church in Cold Spring (Photo courtesy of First Presbyterian)

The labyrinth at the First Presbyterian Church in Cold Spring (Photo courtesy of First Presbyterian)

There will be a brief informational presentation about labyrinths, their history and use, and guided preparation for the season of Lent, followed by open walking time until 7 p.m. There will also be displays and time for meditation and reflection in the church library and sanctuary while the walk is open.

The presentation is by Lynn Brown, who has trained with and has been certified as a labyrinth facilitator by the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, of Veriditas and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

A labyrinth is a circular design, in this case a meditative walking path, the origin of which dates back to Ancient Greece. The labyrinth to be used this Sunday is a 24-foot portable canvas in a modified Chartres style, with seven circuitous paths winding around to the center and back out again.

The design is based on one found on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France, dating back to medieval times. In those days, Christians walked labyrinths in designated European cathedrals as a substitute for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which at the time was costly and dangerous.

The church is located at 10 Academy St. in Cold Spring, one block from the intersection of Routes 9D and 301. For more information contact the church at 845-265-3220 or email

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