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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.

Deep in History – 2: Mary and the Martyrs

We continue our look deep into history, examining how much the early Church resembled contemporary Orthodoxy (and Catholicism), and how little it resembled Protestantism.Today we look first at the early Church’s interest and devotion to...
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My book "Living Faith" now available

I am happy to announce that my new book entitled Living Faith is now available from Ancient Faith Publishing and through       Like all my other books, I wrote this one for my parishioners and for people like them. ...
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Deep in History – 1:  The Eucharist and Baptism

        John Henry Newman is not among my favourite authors.  I read his Apologia many years ago when I was an Anglican priest, and contrived not to be too shaken by it (mostly by closing the book and not thinking about it too much).  As...
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Isaiah, Watching a Coming Storm

The call of Isaiah to the prophetic office is narrated in Isaiah 6.  Isaiah was in the Temple when he had a vision of Yahweh of hosts, King of the heavenly armies, in all His glory.  As Yahweh sat on His high throne, the lower skirt of...
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The Morning Star

There is, hidden away in the Book of Revelation, a very tiny but precious verse.  In each of the highly-stylized and structured messages to the seven churches of Asia that Christ passes along to John, Christ makes promises to those who...
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The Perennial Trilemma

Despite the fact that many people in the past have predicted that the works of the late C. S. Lewis would fade into obscurity and be forgotten (one social commentator once described enthusiasm for his works as a “fad”), his books on...
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Joshua, the Torchbearer

As far as Joshua was concerned, Moses died too young. Admittedly Moses died at the age of 120, a ripe old age, whether the figure is mathematics or poetry.  But doubtless Joshua looked forward to Moses entering the Promised Land and...
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Women, Lived Orthodoxy, and Ordination

I am informed that Sr. Vassa recently presented an in-person lecture and spiritual reflection at the seminar “Women and Lived Orthodoxy” at the New Valaam monastery in Heinavesi, Finland on September 15-17, 2023.  Presumably this is the...
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The Significance of Singing

If you were to ask me the most significant characteristic of modern life as compared to all previous ages I would point to the fact that we hardly ever sing.  Or, to state the matter differently, that all modern life is secretly...
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A Schismatic Heart

An old proverb informs us “History repeats itself”—or, as one wag paraphrased it, “If there is one thing we learn from history is that no one learns anything from history.”  Sadly, this is especially true in religious matters.The bit of...
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Signing Off…and Signing On

I just learned the day before yesterday through the grapevine that Ancient Faith will be discontinuing its blogs (such as this one) on October 1.  The late date of this discovery has not allowed me time to create another blog format for...
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Another look at Psalm 82

Psalm 82, though brief, has attracted much contemporary attention and functions as a kind of lynch pin for a larger narrative about the role of angels.  We have looked at the psalm before, but the puzzles and complications of many...
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Baptism by Pouring?

The practice of baptism is a complicated one, with questions being asked about the legitimacy of infant baptism, about what is accomplished in baptism, and about how converts to Orthodoxy should be received—i.e. must all be received by...
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Moses, the Wilderness Guide

The difficulty in understanding the words and life of Moses is that we have a literary embarrassment of riches.  There is almost too much material to absorb—or varying the image, the mountain is almost too big to bring within focus.  How...
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