Welcome to our prayer labyrinth.
An Orientation to the Labyrinth
Please take a moment to orient yourself
to the concept and process of this experience so that you may fully
understand and engage.
This prayer labyrinth consists of two parts.......
First, nine stations that walk through the events of Good Friday.
Second, a traditional prayer labyrinth traced on the floor. As you
choose your own path through any or all of these elements please
be open to the experience, the art, the story, and most of all God’s
Traditional labyrinths came into practice in the Middle Ages when
pilgrimages to Jerusalem were no longer possible. There is much
symbolism in the design of these labyrinths to help remind the
journeyers of the purpose and focus of their pilgrimage.
The labyrinth consists of twelve circles that represent a single year,
and also the twelve disciples. The center rosette is a representation
of Christ, and is always visible even as the circular path winds closer
and farther from the center. The winding pattern that approaches
the center and then moves away is symbolic of the way we sometime
feel closer to Christ and sometimes very far away as we journey with
Him. The journey into the labyrinth is symbolic of our letting go of
the world as we draw near to Christ and God’s presence. The journey
outward signifies us taking Christ with us into the world.
We pray that God may use this time
to draw you closer to Him and
bless your heart.
This journey book is for you to
write in and carry with you as
a marker of this time.
- Graffiti -
graffiti is a lot of things
and its definition depends on who you ask.
the argument over graffiti as an art form is
in many ways over as graffiti writers are commissioned to paint murals
and work legally. However the fight to erase unwanted, illegal
graffiti will probably never end and costs the U.S. over 1 billion per
year in abatement. Interestingly enough, a proven way to minimize
continued graffiti is to commission a graffiti production on a wall.
We have chosen to use graffiti to help illustrate and support the
concepts and content of Good Friday. Graffiti is chaotic, violent,
bold, shocking. It is considered a blight and a beautiful art form.
Graffiti is an act of destruction and vandalism. It is often
unreadable to the untrained eye, but always makes a statement. It
is a reflection of the reality of the world it lives in. Michael
Walsh says in his book Graffito, “Graffiti isn’t intended to
frighten, but to be a wake-up call to the masses who they
(writers) perceive as apathetic.” We hope that there is something
paradoxical and real in the graffiti today that can help us overcome
our apathy, and experience the reality of Jesus Christ today.
Good Friday is a violent, shocking day of
remembrance. It exists because of the blight of sin on the
human race. It is the destruction of a human life, and the
most beautiful act of love ever shown. In the midst of the chaos of
this day of remembrance is a statement, a truth, a reality that we need
to understand. Are we willing to see and hear?
- the art
the journey begins in distorted, black light. a room tagged with questions
to jesus, and statements that maybe the world wants to believe is true of
good friday. it doesn’t take much clean, clear light to cut through the
distorted reality of black light. hopefully as you journey the truth of
what jesus did, and the reality of this demonstration of love will cut
through to your heart and mind.
As you journey you will see many different images, street art, and words.
We encourage you to find the significance of these expressions for your
own journey and world view. Below is a note from one of the artists on
some of his art...
the death panel is meant to depict the reality of the pain, suffering
and evil intended in the death of Christ as Satan believed he had found
the cross panel highlights the cross the complexity surrounding it. it is
done in “wild style” and is hard to read but says CHRIST in the design.
the love panel is brighter and more readable to be a bold reminder of the
meaning and message behind Good Friday. God loves each of us.
the jesus panel shows Christ’s suffering directly with a black eye and
crown of thorns. He bleeds upon humanity, representative of man, below
that shows the purposiveness of his death...to wash away our sins with
In creating the street art for this prayer labyrinth, I
hope that it provides a time for your introspection and contemplation of
Christ’s sacrifice on this holy day, Good Friday.
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Take communion while remembering
Christ’s words to His disciples.
Read Mark 14:32-41
Pray that God will use this time of prayer and
meditation. This is your journey into the sorow,
heartache, suffering and death of your Savior,
Jesus Christ. May you know Him more intimately.
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you tried to wash away your respon-
sibility for you own life, your own
Have you “looked the other way” during
Easter in the past? Overlooking the
significance of Good Friday, of Christ?
Dip your hands in the water. As you feel the water dripping off,
know that nothing but Christ’s blood can cleanse us from our sin.
May God keep you from apathy and show
you vibrant life.
***(graphic video loop)***
then pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. the sol-
diers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on
his head. they clothed Him in a purple robe and went
up to him again and again saying - Hail, king of the
jews! and they struck Him in the face.
we are healed
other scripture to read:
By His Stripes
Luke 19:1-16, Isaiah 53:2-7, Matt. 27:27-29
This level of brutality seems
much removed from us today.
How do these passages make you feel?
why is it important to grasp the
suffering of Christ and not just His
this station interacts with the
flogging of Christ seeking to find
understanding in His suffering.
you may take a brush and paint a stripe
or something to represent the suffering
of Christ for you and the healing it has
brought in your life.
may God bring true healing in your life this Easter, whether spiritual, physical,
mental, or emotional. and may Christ be worshipped as the one who has brought us
sTATION four: via dolorossa
(way to the cross)
read the excerpt from Cost of
Discipleship. confess ways that you
might be exchanging cheap grace
for costly grace.
Christ says that if anyone would follow Him
they must take up their own cross. what
might we draw from this story to help us
understand how we must share in Christ’s
as they led Him away. they seized simon from cyrene, who was on
his way in from the country. and put the cross on him and made
him carry it behind Jesus. a large number of people followed
Him, including women who mourned and wailed for Him.
put yourself in simon’s shoes...what was he
thinking as he walked behind this man...
following him to his execution?
may you continue your journey bearing the
cross of Christ, feeling its weight, and
knowing the great cost of His sacrifice.
walk to the cross with Christ.See him fall. Hear the jeering crowd.
Witness the tears of His mother. Pick up the cross with Simon.
As you walk up to the cross, read the exerpts from Psalm 22 along
this station brings us to the place
of crucifixion. it echoes with the
sound of hammer and nail, pain and
sTATION Five: The CruciFixion
Mark 15:22-32 John 19:25-27
they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which
means the place of the skull) then they offered Him
wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. And
they crucified Him. Dividing up His clothes, they cast
lots to see what each would get.
think back over the journey so far. think
back over the story of Christ. think of the
miracles, the relationships, the teachings,
the laughs, the childhood friends, the
family he was part of. You are sitting at
the destination point of this man’s life.
You are sitting at His cross. Looking up
at Him hanging there for you. Think on
that for a moment.
know that just as you leave your paper
shame there as well. “Therefore there
place yourself in the
shoes of Mary, or John, or
any other witness thay
was there. what confusion,
sorrow, agony, loss,
reality, responsibility, or
understanding might you
find a picture or word that
represents something that Jesus
carried and took for you on the
cross and tape it to the cross.
r taped to the cross, you can leave your sin and
e is now no condemnation for those who are in
Jesus.” Romans 8:1
this station explores the significance of
the conversation between Christ and the
two thieves. read the whole conversation in
luke 23:32-43 between Christ
and the thieves.
what is the significance of this
conversation to you? To your faith?
the theif says, “we are getting what our
deeds deserve.” how do you hear those
words? what do you and I deserve?
how do you feel the theif felt when
Christ spoke his promise to him?
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who do you see?
what character is reflected?
how does the image of Christ effect
how you see your own reflection?
as you walk know that Christ’s
promise and love for you
is the same today as it was
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imagine how powerful of a moment
this was for the soldiers to exclaim,
“surely this was the son of God!”
we may know that Christ is risen
and celebrate His resurrection on
Easter, but we must embrace the
very real death of Christ to truly
how have you felt or seen the power
of death in your life?
remember that Easter is a celebration
of the victory that Christ claimed for
us over the power of death. experience
this moment but realize there is the
hope of Easter before us. the power of
the resurrection over came the power of
sin and death.
so as evening approached, joseph of arimathea, a
prominent member of the council, who was himself
waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to
pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. pilate was surprised
The Burial of christ
to hear that he was already dead. When he learned
from the centurion that
it was so, he gave the
body to Joseph. So Joseph
bought some linen cloth,
took down the body,
wrapped it in the linen,
and placed it in a tomb
cut out of rock. Then he
rolled a stone against
the entrance of the tomb.
have you ever thought about why
jesus had to die? do you think
that that question might have
been running through the mind of
why do you think jesus had to die?
when we bury someone
we usually celebrate
and remember their life
and character. what
characteristics do you
attribute to Christ?
do you see any of these characteristics
in yourself? do you see Christ in you?
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how are you going walk away from this
experience? is this the end for you?
how has this experience shaped or
changed your perspective of Good Friday?
take a moment read what other journeyers
have left for you.
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write down any closing thoughts that ait thi o fol ay, t
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you might need to help yourself capture our s expe ,
this experience. (there is more room on ney rie to
the next page if you need it.)
what words, thoughts, encouragement,
questions, or statement might you leave
here at this place for those who follow?
write it down and leave it.
you might choose to walk the labyrinth
as a way to reflect on your experience....
i pray that you might have more truly
experienced Good Friday so that you may
more deeply celebrate our Risen Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ everyday.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss
for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider
everything a loss compared to the surpassing
greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for
whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them
rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in
him, not having a righteousness of my own that
comes from the law, but that which is through
faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes
from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and
the power of his resurrection and the fellowship
of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him
in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the
resurrection from the dead. - phillipians 3:7-11
special thanks to everyone who
helped create this experience.
graffiti writer and artist
other artists and help
bobby orf (calvary bible)
shauna rushing (origins)