The Fen Court labyrinth was created in 2008 to a design based on that of a labyrinth in the Isles of Scilly. The land of Fen Court is part of the churchyard of St Gabriel Fenchurch, a church destroyed in the Great Fire Of London in 1666 and never rebuilt. Gabriel gives us another link with the Incarnation: he was the angel who brought the news to Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38). The labyrinth has five circuits, symbolising our five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. We can engage all our senses when we pray, coming before God in all our human wholeness. The number five also represents the human being, composed of the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) and spirit.
Fen Court offers the paradox of a consecrated sacred space being also a public thoroughfare and noisy meeting place. It reminds us of the need to find God in all things and all places,
including city streets and workplaces, not just where we might expect or prefer to find God. I
would like to hope too that by prayerfully walking the labyrinth in such a public place we can offer an act of witness to the people who work there.
©Antonia Lynn 2012