During the Middle Ages, Christians were called to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land at least once in their lives. For many that was impossible, so cathedrals often became Pilgrimage Churches where the duty could be fulfilled for those unable to make the arduous journey to Palestine.
At the famous cathedral in Chartres, France, as well as elsewhere, inlaid in the floor is a labyrinth to assist pilgrims in visualizing their journey. It is a circuit of eleven circles, and unlike a maze, has no false paths. Our labyrinth is a replica of the one at Chartres Cathedral.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol used for walking meditation. The labyrinth at St. Paul's Coventry Chapel is open to the community as a place to "quiet the mind, soothe the soul, and mend the heart."
You walk the labyrinth by following the red brick path. In its center, pause to read the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation. This prayer, based on the seven deadly sins, was written in response to the bombing and remains by the altar today in old Coventry Cathedral. To exit the labyrinth, reverse your path and walk back to the beginning and into your daily life once again.