Posts by Fr. Lawrence Farley

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
The Sounding

The Filioque Clause

One of the things which has historically been a point of polemic and conflict between the Orthodox East and the Roman Catholic West is the use of the Filioque…

Jun 09, 2014
The Sounding

The Long Shadows of Byzantium

Every time I stand at the altar in our little church of St. Herman’s in Langley, B.C., I stand in the long shadows of Byzantium.  That is, I find myself…

Jun 08, 2014
The Sounding

Meditation on Modern Christian Art

One sunny afternoon, I was among a group of clergy invited to view a series of art pieces in St. David’s Anglican Church in Vancouver, a series of…

Jun 05, 2014
The Sounding

Maiden Names

In the modern west, it seems that there is an increasing refusal of brides to take the surname of their new husbands, and instead a determination to retain…

Jun 02, 2014
The Sounding

How Good and Pleasant It Is

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is,” said the psalmist in Psalm 133, “when brothers dwell in unity!” Indeed, it is as if the proverbially-copious…

May 20, 2014
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Are Christians a Persecuted Minority in the West?

Everyone loves a victim, and is happy to claim victim status. It bestows a kind of righteous aura, as well as a Get Out of Jail Free card when caught behaving…

May 18, 2014
Featured Orthodox Christian Churches

Langley, British Columbia: St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church

St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, B.C, is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, located in suburban Vancouver on the Canadian west…

May 14, 2014
The Sounding

“Announcing the Marriage of Jesus and…Never Mind”

Well, that was quick. It was just two years ago that The Latest Thing was the news that Jesus was married. Now it turns out—not so much. In the tradition…

May 12, 2014