The Chartres Cathedral is visible from miles around. The first glimpse of it is often a very memorable moment for pilgrims.
Consider these questions from Praying the Chartres Labyrinth: A Pilgrim’s Guidebook (Cincinnati: Pilgrim Press, 2006).
What does it feel like in Chartres?
How many ways can I answer the question, “Why have I come?”
What fears would I like to release now that I am arriving at a place that supports change?
What stories have I been telling myself about this pilgrimage?
What emotions have I not felt on my journey thus far?
How are my expectations changing?
Walk around the outside of the cathedral before going in.
How do you ready yourself to enter the “destination” of your pilgrimage? You have arrived, but you are also a process of arriving. Many religious traditions encourage the practice of circling a holy site before entering it. Orient yourself by slowly walking around the outside of the cathedral.
Now that you are prepared, it is time to enter…