Prayer Labyrinth

The prayer labyrinth was built by members of Christ the King Lutheran Church during the summer of 2016 as an outreach for the community of Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley. It is open for anyone to use, and is available all day and night, except for special services of worship or routine maintenance. On special occasions, CtK may have music, candles, and opportunities to walk the labyrinth with others.

CtK's prayer labyrinth is open to people of all denominations and faith traditions.

Groups wishing to walk the labyrinth together may contact the church office, 406-577-2382, to reserve a time.

What is a labyrinth?

A labyrinth is a winding path from the outer edge to the center and out again. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path -- there are no dead ends. Labyrinths are found in many cultures throughout human history. People walk labyrinths for many different reasons, but Christians most often walk a labyrinth in prayer or as a contemplative exercise.

Legend tells us that during the Middle Ages, if Christians were unable to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, they often would walk a labyrinth closer to home, symbolic of the pilgrimage. The earliest known Christian labyrinth was in an ancient church in what is now Algeria, dating back to the early fourth century.

CtK's prayer labyrinth is patterned off one of the most famous labyrinths -- the one on the floor of Chartres Cathedral near Paris. A labyrinth does not have any special power of its own, it is a tool to foster prayer and meditation.

CtK Prayer Labyrinth Brochure (PDF)