Posts by Fr. Lawrence Farley

The Sounding

Fifty Shades of Normal?

Predicting future trends is a risky business for anyone who doesn’t possess a good crystal ball.  Nonetheless, on the basis of past experience and…

Dec 17, 2014
The Sounding

Mary Magdalene as Mrs. Jesus

You can tell it’s almost Christmas by observing any one of three things: 1. lots of cars in the mall parking lots; 2. inane secular Christmas songs blaring…

Dec 04, 2014
The Sounding

A Second Look at the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess

Of late, a pan-Orthodox organization of Orthodox women called “St. Catherine’s Vision” has issued a “Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry…

Dec 04, 2014
The Sounding

The Feast of the Entrance and the Protoevangelium of James

Much of the hymnography adorning our Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple causes the raising of eyebrows—talk about Mary being escorted…

Nov 24, 2014
The Sounding

The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Our experience of living in North America today is very different than was the experience of living in Byzantium in the fifth century, or in Holy Russia…

Nov 21, 2014
The Sounding

Anglicans and Copts and an Agreed Statement

In October of this year, as reported by the Anglican Communion News Service, the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission held its third meeting…

Nov 11, 2014
The Sounding

The Lords of Life and Death

On Saturday, November 1, a young girl committed suicide. Brittany Maynard had been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, and she was told that chances…

Nov 04, 2014
The Sounding

Heaven and Hell in the Scriptures

Recently, Anglican bishop and theologian N.T. Wright was interviewed on the Evangelical Protestant show “100 Huntley Street”, speaking about heaven…

Oct 31, 2014
Sacraments and Rituals

Tonsuring of Monks

I imagine that very few Orthodox have ever observed the rite for the tonsuring of a monastic.  The first time I observed the rite was during my stay at…

Oct 24, 2014
The Sounding

In Defense of Hallowe’en

As I recall, I was always a black cat—not so much because black cats were thought to be evil and witch’s familiars or anything. I just loved cats,…

Oct 22, 2014
The Sounding

Houston, We Have a Problem

From my happy home safely north of the forty-ninth parallel, I regularly receive news from my American brothers and sisters down south, and most of it…

Oct 15, 2014
Sacraments and Rituals

The Burial of the Dead

One of my favourite theologians of the early 20th century is Virginia Cary Hudson. Virginia was a little girl of ten years old in the southern United States…

Oct 07, 2014
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