Walkers entered the labyrinth with an unlit candle. Upon arriving at the centre, each candle was lit from the large Paschal candle held by Dean Shane Parker. The candle was symbolized ‘the light of Christ.’
photos by Catherine Culley
The sun went down and as it got darker outside, the candles seemed to become brighter.
The walkers entered the labyrinth in measured sequence, and proceeded at their own pace. Some walked slowly in meditation, some walked in curiosity. After half of the walkers had completed the labyrinth and were standing in witness around the circle of candles, the chanting began. The chant was a rhythmic singing of Hallelujah, which created a quiet joy. At the end of the labyrinth walk, when everyone had emerged, the walkers followed the Dean to the darkened Church, singing, smiling, in a candlelight procession. The Dean sang the Exsultet, which became the last prayers of the evening and then everyone exchanged the Peace.
As we came out of the church at the end of the Liturgy I caught a glimps of my daughter Willow. She had two lite tapers in her hands and she was dancing in the glowing Labyrinth. Oh for a camera. As soon as she saw us she stoped. That was one of those precoius moments that I hope never to forget.