St. Timothy’s Meditation Garden, with Labyrinth and Stations of the Cross, is open to the community and located on the east side of the property behind Grace House.
The labyrinth is a path of prayer for all people seeking the divine, regardless of one’s faith tradition. It has only one path, which leads to the center and out again. Each person’s walk is a personal experience. Some people use the walk for clearing the mind and centering. Others enter with a question or concern. The time in the center can be used for receiving, reflecting, meditating, or praying, as well as for discovering your own sacred inner space. The walk can sometimes be a profound and healing experience, or just a pleasant walk.
Completed in 2003, St. Timothy’s Labyrinth is based on the classical Christian design. The cross at the center can become the focus for meditation and the experience of the labyrinth. The winding path, based on the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, serves as a mirror to reflect the movement of the Spirit in our lives.
The devotion known as the Way of the Cross (or Stations of the Cross) is an adaptation to local usage of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death.
The number of stations, which at first varied widely, finally became fixed at a maximum of fourteen. Of these, eight are based directly on events recorded in the Gospels.
The Way of the Cross in St. Timothy’s Meditation Garden includes these eight stations and one additional station – Station 3, “Jesus Falls” – that is based upon inferences in the Gospels (and pious legend).
The Stations may be walked using a simple liturgy or by meditating and praying along the path. Station 1, “Jesus is Condemned to Death,” is located at the southwest corner of the Meditation Garden. The Way of the Cross then proceeds in a counter-clockwise direction, concluding in the Columbarium with Station 9, “Jesus is Laid in the Tomb.
During the Season of Lent, the Way of the Cross liturgy is conducted each Friday at noon.
The artwork in the station plaques was inspired by 12th century Romanesque images from the Portals of San Zeno Maggiore in Verona, Italy. Stone benches are dispersed throughout the Meditation Garden for sitting and quiet reflection.