Posts by Fr. Lawrence Farley

Understanding the Nicene Creed

I Acknowledge One Baptism

Another part of the third main section of the present Creed focusing upon the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church concerns holy baptism. The phrase…

Jul 16, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

I look for the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Life of the Age to Come

The last part of the third main section of the present Creed says, “I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come.”  Though…

Jul 15, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

Conclusion: “The Doors! The Doors! In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

In our modern Orthodox Liturgy, the Creed is prefaced by a diaconal word of command. That is, just before the Creed is chanted or sung, the deacon cries…

Jul 14, 2014
The Sounding

Baptizing Unenthusiastic Children

A number of people have viewed a video on Youtube lately showing the last minute or so of a family drama in church. It concerned an Orthodox family gathered…

Jul 06, 2014
The Sounding

Orthodox Worship and the Old Testament

Recently I read in a blog a spirited defense of Orthodox worship, which the author promoted as more Biblical than the worship of contemporary praise services…

Jul 01, 2014
The Sounding

The Dark Ages: Who Turned Out the Lights?

Among the literature of those who make it their main business to vilify the Christians, perhaps no concept has served a more useful purpose than the idea…

Jun 28, 2014
The Sounding

Demographics of a Revolution

The world is currently undergoing a very quiet but revolutionary change. Nations which since their inception have been Christian nations will soon become…

Jun 27, 2014
The Sounding

“Congratulations, You’ve Given Birth to a Baby Girl…Maybe”

A recent article about a presentation made in my neighbouring province of Alberta made me wonder if I didn’t live in the Twilight Zone rather than Canada….

Jun 25, 2014
The Sounding

Christians and Guns

Consider the following scenario: a man breaks into the house of another man, a Christian. The Christian whose house is broken into is afraid, and gets…

Jun 23, 2014
The Sounding

“Ethiopia Will Quickly Stretch Out Her Hands to God”

There is a good chance that the verse cited in the above title, a verse from Psalm 68, is a favourite Biblical verse with members of the Ethiopian Orthodox…

Jun 19, 2014
The Sounding

Of Angels and Demons

We Orthodox confess that we are amphibians—that is, that we are part animal, part angelic, that we simultaneously inhabit both the visible and the invisible…

Jun 19, 2014
The Sounding

Why Marriage?

As the element of Christianity in popular culture continues to erode, one of the many things which separates that popular and secular culture from the…

Jun 10, 2014
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