The Episcopal Parish of
St. Michael and All Angels
602 North Wilmot Road • Tucson, Arizona 85711


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Miscellaneous 2006 - 2007

Shrove Tuesday pancakes Angela and her pancakes
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes 2007

Proscovia, Master of Acolytes  Toni Sue, Verger

Father Ireland's anniversary gift Christmas Eve in the Sacristy
Preparing for Mass

Confirmation 2005

Feast of St. Francis 2004

Colby's cat takes a peekdachshund's owner on the bench before mass

dog and owner near the archwaydog and child check each other out

dog on the walkDolores and some dogs before mass

found herein: a fish and a snailhappy times near the back row

pomeranians and friendthe Petersons and their dog

Tuffy and the dachshunddoggie visiting

More pictures at

English Faire 2004

York courtyardFather Smith takes a picture
Fr. Daniel in YorkColby has an announcement
madrigals serenade YorkMary sells eggstraordinary eggs!

Tea Room

Dolores and the tea cartready and waiting
Looks great!A wonderful time is had by all

"And all who gathered were in fellowship,
and in the breaking of bread, and in the apostles' teaching."
Acts 2:42



Come walk the labyrinth—come experience a walking meditation.

Even kids enjoy the St. Michael's labyrinth.Take time to visit St. Michael’s Labyrinth in the courtyard near the Parish Center. The Labyrinth was recently completed. Incorporated in the center of the Labyrinth is the baptismal pool, primarily used during Easter for baptism.

The design of St. Michael’s labyrinth is modeled after the one located in the floor at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France. The labyrinth at Chartres was built around 1200. It is laid into the floor in a style sometimes referred to as a pavement maze, and is walked as a pilgrimage and/or for repentance. As a pilgrimage, it was a questing, searching journey with the hope of becoming closer to God. When used for repentance, the pilgrims would walk on their knees. Sometimes this eleven-circuit labyrinth would serve as a substitute for an actual pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and as a result, came to be called the "Chemin de Jerusalem" or Road of Jerusalem.

In walking the labyrinth, the walker meanders through each of the four quadrants several times before reaching the goal. An expectancy is created as to when the center will be reached. At the center is a rosette design which has a rich symbolic value including that of enlightenment. Notice the four arms of the cross are readily visible which provides significant Christian symbolism.

Christian Symbolism and Labyrinths

The circular shape of the labyrinth represents the shape of all of God’s creation. Everything God creates is in a circle. Atoms, molecules, cells are all circular in shape.

The unicursal (one) path is very symbolic of the Christian journey to follow Jesus – the one and only path to Heaven. Walking the path of the labyrinth requires keeping our eye focused on the path. Jesus requires the same of us that we keep our eyes focused on Him.

Our spiritual and faith journey has many twists, turns, and surprises. There are times on that journey where we feel extremely close to God and times where we feel very distant. The path of the labyrinth has many twists and turns taking us close to the center and then far away. The labyrinth is a perfect metaphor for our spiritual life and journey with God.

The journey ends when we reach the center. The journey of our life ends when we reach Heaven, the center and goal of our life here on earth. Walking a labyrinth for Christians is a form of body prayer or walking prayer.


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