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Public invited to walk labyrinths at area church

May 03, 2010

The public is invited to celebrate Mother's Day by walking two labyrinths, which will be open Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown at 13245 Cearfoss Pike.

The labyrinth walks are free and suitable for all ages.

The indoor labyrinth is a Petite Chartres pattern, a smaller version of the 12th-century labyrinth on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.

The outdoor labyrinth is the older, Cretan pattern. These labyrinths are open to the public every month.

Unlike a maze, which is a puzzle with many possible choices, a labyrinth is a single path that winds into the center and out again.

Labyrinth walking can help with relaxation, stress relief and even problem solving.

People also walk labyrinths as a spiritual experience or moving prayer.

Labyrinth walking has been a Christian spiritual practice since the early Middle Ages; some area churches set up labyrinths during specific seasons like Lent. However, labyrinths are also part of many other cultures, including Native American, with some patterns dating back to prehistoric times.

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To learn more about this event and other free activities at the church, go to http://www.uuhagerstownmd.org.

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