taking off your shoes, you are invited to walk the pathway,
enjoying a quiet mood or contemplating the Beatitudes written
around the pathway. Pause in the centre and smell the essence
of rose - a symbol of divine presence.
Sahar's musical composition Voices in the Wind, from
her album Joan of Arc, accompanies this painting.
That album is available via the music
The Rose Labyrinth is now in the collection of the Anglican
Church, Plimmerton Diocese.
overall form of The Rose Labyrinth is a four-petal
or quatrefoil rose. It also contains a cross and a four-pointed
star. The rose, as a symbol of the divine feminine, has
a centre in the soft hues of the peace rose.
Traditionally, there are several forms of labyrinth and
this is closer to the Celtic ones, where, instead of walking
back out the way you came in, the pathway flows entirely
one way from entry through exit.
work is inspired by the labyrinths in some of the great
cathedrals, which were used as prayer pathways in order
that many monks or nuns could move in contemplation in a
comparatively small area. In recent years there has been
an upsurge of interest in labyrinths and mazes and, around
the world, many have been created outdoors in patterns of
stone, since space allows a much larger labyrinth - (an
excellent outdoor labyrinth is at Fredrick Wallace House
in Lower Hutt). Thank you to Rev. Graeme Ogilvy for blessing
the Rose Labyrinth at the inaugural opening of the exhibition.
have written the Beatitudes - (Jesus' teachings on the mount
of Beatitudes in Galilee), in very small text around the
pathway. My wording, in inclusive language, is as follows:
Blessed are those who have spiritual humility, for heaven
Blessed are those who grieve for they will be comforted
Blessed are those who are gentle for they will inherit the
Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness
for they will be satisfied
Blessed are those who show mercy for mercy will be shown
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see Divinity
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called people
Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing good for
heaven is theirs
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and
falsely say all kinds of evil things about you because of
your beliefs. Great people who lived before you were also
persecuted in those ways. So rejoice and be glad, for you
will have great reward in heaven!