Never mind that a labyrinth is pagan. That this “hybrid” church exists is an example of what orthodox Catholic Michael Davis termed “False Ecumenism.” His talk of that same title is available as a download at Keep The Faith. Vatican II permits non-Catholics to receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church only on rare occasions when a non-Catholic cannot find a church of his denomination. This is not a “rare” occasion. Fidelity and Action.
Labyrinth at Catholic-Lutheran Hybrid Church, Mission of the Atonement – MoTA
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- Photos of the labyrinth are on MoTA’s Facebook Photo Album page.
Mission of the Atonement Church in Beaverton will dedicate and celebrate the grand opening of its new labyrinth on May 2 at noon. All are welcome to join the festivities.
A brief ceremony will include blessings by Bishop Kenneth Steiner of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland and Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The ceremony will be followed by music, food, games and labyrinth walking.
- Mission of the Atonement is a community of Lutherans and Roman Catholics worshiping together. It is an inclusive, welcoming church.
The Mission of the Atonement labyrinth design is similar to the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France and has been created by volunteers from the faith community. This outdoor labyrinth is open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural gift for all who seek peace.
The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs have been found on pottery, tablets and tiles dating as far back as 4,000 years. Native American, Celtic, Greek and other cultures have all used various labyrinth designs as part of their spiritual practice. In recent years there has been a world-wide renewal of interest in this ancient tool for meditation and prayer.
People describe a labyrinth as a path of prayer or form of walking meditation. The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. It has a single circuitous path that winds into the center and the person walking it uses the same path to return so the entrance then becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows one to be quiet and focus internally.
Photos of the church’s labyrinth can be seen at www.motaspirit.org . Stop in the church office for a cup of tea while you’re there. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, phone 503-646-1433 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Charismatic Heresy: Labyrinth – ‘The current “revival” of the labyrinth is a “spiritual device” and NOT grounded in Christian piety at all. Labyrinths for spiritual “exercises” are alien to Catholic teaching and Catholic spirituality.’