All are invited to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family to walk the nature trails and labyrinth on our 38-acre campus. A kiosk sign with information about the campus is located on the south side of the church parking lot. The trails encompass nature and historic areas totaling 2.8 miles. While on the trails, make sure you stop to enjoy the three chair swings adjacent to the lake as a place for relaxation, contemplation and prayer, and maybe some fishing.
On the trails you will also find the 14 Stations of the Cross (or The Way of the Cross) as a prayerful devotion that recalls the series of events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. The numbered stations represent when: 1) Jesus is condemned to death; 2) Jesus takes up his cross; 3) Jesus falls the first time; 4) Jesus meets his afflicted mother; 5) the cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene; 6) a woman wipes the face of Jesus; 7) Jesus falls a second time; 8) Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem; 9) Jesus falls a third time; 10) Jesus is stripped of his garments; 11) Jesus is nailed to the cross; 12) Jesus dies on the cross; 13) the body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother; 14) Jesus is laid in the tomb.
As a spiritual tool, the prayer and reflection. The labyrinth is a model of a path- exactly where we need to be, a metaphor for life’s journey. It’s an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness, combining the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path.
It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. There is no right way to walk a labyrinth, you only have to enter and follow the path. The labyrinth pattern is designed for wheelchair accessibility.
All are welcome at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family located in Jasper off of Cove Road at 100 Griffith Road. For more information go to holyfamilyepiscopalchurch.net or call the parish office at (770) 893-4525.
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