Reflections in Christ

by Fr. Lawrence Farley

Fr. Lawrence Farley

Mother’s Milk

Father Alexander Schmemann famously said that Christianity is “the end of religion.”  But if Christianity is not a religion, what is it?  In a…

A Cold Age

One of the benefits of reading history is that it enables one to compare one’s own era with other eras, and so identify the blind spots of former times and as well as the blind spots of one’s…

The Army of Abraham

On the eve of the commemoration of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea on Sunday, June 1, 2014, there are three Old Testament lessons read at Great Vespers.  Two…

“Pacify the Ragings of the… Who?”

You have probably noticed that we are no longer in the fourth century.  In that century, the great rival of Christianity was paganism—the worship of the old gods, still worshipped by…

The Paralytic and the Pool

One wonders sometimes about why the Gospel story of the healing of the paralytic was chosen for the Paschal season.  One understands why the stories of Thomas and…

Understanding Thomas

Saint Thomas, it seems, can never catch a break, at least in popular culture.  Our culture knows him as “doubting Thomas,” and one single and uncharacteristic lapse has forever labelled him as a doubter and made…

Appreciating Pascha

In recent months I have come to the conclusion that the best place to appreciate the significance of Pascha is in a cancer ward, or a hospice for the dying, or by a deathbed.  When one stands in any of these…

St. Andrew of Crete: A Rival Voice

Every year during Lent, we invite into our churches a great pastor, Saint Andrew of Crete, and listen while he leads us in a meditation on sin and repentance.  That is, we listen while his Great Canon is chanted…

“God is Our King before the Ages”

During the mid-point of Great Lent, on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross, the following verses are sung at the Alleluia just before the reading of the Gospel:  “Remember Thy congregation which Thou hast gotten of old.  God…