Posts by Fr. Lawrence Farley

Understanding the Nicene Creed

The Full Divinity of Jesus

As mentioned in a previous article on the history of the Nicene Creed, a controversy erupted in the church of the fourth century through the teachings…

Jul 21, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

The Mighty Acts of Jesus

In our present version of the Creed, after a bold assertion of Christ’s full divinity comes a recitation of His mighty acts. “For us men and for our…

Jul 20, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

The Holy Spirit

The third main section of the present Creed concerns the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church. We note that the Holy Spirit and the Church are paired…

Jul 19, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

The Church as Object of Faith

As mentioned before, the third main section of the present Creed concerns the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church, and we note that the Holy Spirit…

Jul 18, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

The Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

We saw previously that the Creed confesses the Church as an object of faith to show how, despite all its historical liturgical diversity (especially in…

Jul 17, 2014
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