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Reflections from Fr. Lawrence Farley

Fr. Lawrence Farley

About Fr. Lawrence Farley

Fr. Lawrence serves as pastor of St. Herman's Orthodox Church in Langley, BC. He is also author of the Orthodox Bible Companion Series along with a number of other publications.

Do You See This Woman?

All of the words of the Saviour are important, even the words spoken that were strictly rhetorical.  One such utterance is found in the story of the sinful woman, told in Luke 7:36f.        The story is told of a day that Christ entered...
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Marian Devotion, Orthodox and Roman Catholic

Protestant critics of Orthodoxy fault us for many things, but one of the foremost of their objections is our devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Hostility to Roman Catholicism is built into Protestant DNA, so anything in Orthodoxy...
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Praying for Nero

I have recently come across the teaching that Orthodox Christians should not pray for non-Orthodox.  I cannot cite the details of who-where-when, so perhaps I am misunderstanding what is being said.  But the concern to differentiate...
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Receiving Converts into the Orthodox Church

The method by which the Orthodox Church receives converts is a very controversial topic, and one which has provoked much online discussion.  Should a convert be received by baptism, by chrismation alone, or perhaps simply after a...
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Finding Comfort in the Ascension

The feast of the Ascension is a feast of comfort and consolation for the people of God.  But it can for some people represent a stumbling block.  Looking at the ascension of Christ as it is narrated in Scriptures, does the Church then...
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“To Thine Own Self Be True”

Many people will (hopefully) identify the above quote as coming from the speech of Polonius in Act 1, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  It was part of the fatherly talk he gave to his son Laertes before the boy moved away to university. ...
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Reflections on the Ordination of Deaconess Angelic

       In a recent edition of the “Public Orthodoxy” website (of course; where else?) Dr. Carrie Frost offered some exuberant and triumphant reflections of the recent ordination of the “deaconess” Angelic in Africa.  The recently...
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A Bridge to…Where?

I recently spoke with a dear friend who dolefully reported that a distant family member had left his very traditional Protestant church (with its stress on doctrine and Reformed worship) for a group called “The Bridge”.  The name...
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Ribbon of Darkness

Borrowing the words of an old Gordon Lightfoot song, there hangs a ribbon of darkness over Canada, my home and native land.  The Lightfoot song described the singer’s sadness and grief at the departure of someone loved and needed in his...
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Prayers to the Saints in the Eighth Day

Thousands of years ago when I was an Evangelical Protestant in the Anglican Church, I never prayed to the saints or asked for their intercession.  It was made quite clear to me by those around me that obedient Christians never did that...
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Sojourning in Bethany

It is a wonderful thing to know the Scriptures well, but there is a drawback:  since we know how all the stories end, we can miss the drama inherent in the narrative.  For example, In Luke 7:11f we can read about the grief of the widow...
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A Unified Date for Easter?

As reported in the Byzantine Texas blogsite, the Ecumenical Patriarch is calling for a unified observance of Easter by next year, 2025, to coincide with the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicea. In a sermon he said, “We beseech the...
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Is Jesus Divine?

I confess up front that this is a question I never imagined that I would examine in this blog.  I had assumed that Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christadelphians would not be reading No Other Foundation or any Orthodox work, and anyway, such...
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A Judicial Blindness

Ah, England.  I love it:  the home of Shakespeare, the Crown Jewels, London Bridge, Big Ben…and constant ecclesiastical weirdness.  It seems just yesterday that we were treated to the spectacle of two lesbian priestesses exulting over...
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