In Greek mythology, the labyrinth is a maze; those who entered got lost and never made it out.
The labyrinth at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is different, unlike a maze; this labyrinth is not meant to confuse a person. Instead, it can be a place of spiritual clarity. You walk a single path from the entrance to the center and back again. There is no right way to walk the labyrinth; you let your experience be your own.
The labyrinth at St. Peter’s is stenciled on the floor of the Parish Hall, and regularly scheduled walks are open to the public. St. Peter’s also has a canvas version that is available for rent. For more information, contact the church offices.
St. Peter’s is located at the corners of College, Lamar and Foote Streets in McKinney, Texas. After the first building burned to the ground in 1960, a new church building opened in 1961, and included a custom pipe organ from Germany, still in use.
A large portion of the construction costs for the new sanctuary was raised by the fruitcake ministry. Church members made thousands of fruitcakes and sold them around the world. In 1964 alone, St. Peter’s baked, packaged and sold more than 6,000 fruitcakes.
ALTAR STAINED GLASS
The hallmark of St. Peter’s sanctuary are the stained glass windows, designed and executed by John Kebrle of Dallas, a third generation stain glass artisan. He was trained in the European tradition of stained glass, as well as the more contemporary stylized and abstract style of design. The windows of St. Peter’s Church reflect his skill in blending the traditional symbols of the sacraments and saints with the easy flow of abstract color patterns.
Vivid liturgical colors used to enhance the beauty of these windows are: White – purity; Purple – penitence; Red – the Holy Spirit or the blood of the martyrs; Green – the Holy Trinity or growth in the faith; Shades of blue, pink and gold represent healing, refining and purging, saving qualities or properties of the Holy Sacraments.
SOUTH WINDOW BEHIND ALTAR:
This large impressive window depicts the scriptural account of the angel troubling the waters at the pool of Bethesda (John 5: 2-4). Jewish tradition held that at a certain season the water had miraculous healing powers. When Jesus came to the pool he found an invalid who had no one to lift him into the waters. He was healed by Christ on the strength of his faith. Originally the baptismal font was to be placed in front of this window; symbolizing man’s mystical washing on entering, by faith, into God’s family.
At the top, the winged symbols represent the four winged creatures – Man through St. Matthew stressing the incarnation of man; Eagle through St. Mark representing the grace of our Lord (Ezekiel and Revelations 4); Calf or Ox through St. Luke stressing the priestly office and sacrificial death of our Lord; Lion through St. John speaking of the divine nature of our Saviour and His Kingly office. His gospel soars on eagle’s wings to the very throne of Heaven. The upper portion also depicts the gold star of Bethlehem and the scepter of St. Gabriel who announced the coming of the birth of Christ.
On the Angel are seven stars which represent many things. 7 sacraments, 7 letters to the churches, Revelations has many references to the number 7, any time there is an impact or tribulation the number 7 appears. Every color mentioned above is included in this window.