Labyrinths have curled across landscapes and stirred deep feelings ever since the ancient Greeks and Romans imbued them with myths. Labyrinth motifs appear in grand architecture and echo through playful mazes and complex puzzles. For Christians, the great labyrinth on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France, laid sometime between 1194 and 1220, is the inspiration and ultimate prototype for labyrinths of all sizes, styles and purposes that have proliferated in recent decades. The settings are as diverse as San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral and rural farmlands, hospitals and public parks, churches and retreat centers.
Chris Glass, prominent Maine architect and church historian, will come to St. Margaret’s on Saturday morning, April 16, to give us a glimpse of this rich history and the spiritual connection of labyrinths to the Episcopal Church. His illustrated talk will begin in the Parish House at 10 a.m.Many know Chris from his exceptionally popular courses at Senior College, which included a six-session course on labyrinths a year ago. His wife, The Rev. Rosalee Glass at St. Thomas, Camden, was at St. Margaret’s for part of her training as a deacon.
This isn’t a meeting to discuss a possible labyrinth at St. Margaret’s. That will be scheduled later. This is strictly for the joy of learning something about labyrinths from an engaging, witty expert and good friend. No Saturday morning chores are more important than hearing Chris! Yes, the coffee pot will be on.