The Sounding Blog

“The Sounding” was named for the nautical practice of measuring the depth of water with a sounding line, a rope with a weight attached to it and units of measure marked off along the line. The rope was lowered over the side of a ship, born down into the water by the weight, and when the weight came to rest, the measurement was taken by the markings on the rope. The purpose of “The Sounding” is to probe the heights and depths of our human experience and take their measure. Our mission is to support the well-being of our readers by providing well-written, positive, and thought-provoking Orthodox content and fostering discussion of its application to life.

Practical Prayer and Other Spiritual Tools

There are essentially two types of prayer rules that we have in the Orthodox Church. It is important for us to understand these in order to best make prayer…

Aug 20, 2017

The Theotokos: An Example for All Women to Emulate

“A fervent prayer, and a wall most unshakable A merciful spring And shelter of all mankind; Fervently we cry to you, Theotokos, our Lady, come to us…

Aug 17, 2017

Our Mother Who Art in Heaven

Now that I have your attention with the radically unusual title you see above, I want to assure you that no prayer within the corpus of Orthodox Christian…

Aug 15, 2017

Celebrating the Sweetness of the Theotokos

It’s hard to believe we are almost at the Feast of the Dormition. Always, the Dormition Fast seems to arrive unexpectedly, dropping into the hot summer…

Aug 14, 2017

Paraklesis and Finding Refuge in the Theotokos

In preparation for the Dormition, a supplication to the Theotokos called the Paraklesis is often chanted. (A longer title is “The Paraklesis Service…

Aug 14, 2017

The Dormition of the Theotokos: Our Promise and Hope

The Dormition of the Theotokos was not celebrated for the first five centuries of Christianity. There was silence regarding the holy mystery of the Mother…

Aug 12, 2017

CrossRoad Theological Program: Our Call to Follow the Road to Christ

Each summer, Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, hosts more than 60 Orthodox teenagers for CrossRoad, an incredibly enriching, 10-day theological…

Aug 07, 2017

Transfigured in Prayer

The story of the transfiguration of Christ shows us Christ’s divinity, but it also demonstrates how transformative time in prayer can be. The story begins…

Aug 03, 2017

Defining Orthodoxy: The Eternal, Timeless Love Story of God and Man

Recently I had a fascinating conversation with a childhood friend of mine who is an atheist. He asked me, “What is the core essence of Orthodox Christianity?”…

Jul 30, 2017

Cradle or Convert? A Trend in Orthodoxy

Not long ago my mother and I visited her hometown parish for their annual food festival. My mom still has family and friends there, so it was a wonderful…

Jul 27, 2017

13 Reasons Why You Really Need to Know What’s Going on with Your Teen

“I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening…

Jul 23, 2017

The Essence of God: Existing Everywhere and Filling All Things

Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth Who are everywhere and fills all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, Come and abide in us,…

Jul 20, 2017