The Sounding

“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.

Saint Innocent

He was the renaissance man’s renaissance man. Not only was he an intellectual powerhouse, a tall, sturdy and strong figure of a man, with a faith big…

Apr 15, 2014

Blessings from the Desert: St. John of the Ladder (Climacus)

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mount of Sinai! May the blessings of the desert…

Apr 13, 2014

“Son of God”: A Weak Jesus

You know when you read a book and then go to watch the movie and you’re disappointed that the movie changed a bunch of stuff? Or added stuff in that…

Apr 09, 2014

Frankenstein Had a Dirty Lens

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tells a story about a monster created out of scientific discovery, technological advancement, and greed. What most people…

Apr 07, 2014

Our Mother Mary

What is it about a sixth-century saint that makes her so relevant to our lives today? How is it that an illiterate woman who lived most of her life in…

Apr 01, 2014

Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mount of Sinai! I cannot believe that Great…

Mar 31, 2014

Ascending the God-Trodden Mountain of Sinai

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mountain of Sinai! My apologies for the delay…

Mar 29, 2014

Me, My “Selfie,” and I

“They say—and I am willing to believe it—that it is difficult to know yourself—but it isn’t easy to paint yourself either.” Vincent van Gogh,…

Mar 26, 2014

REVIEW: The Legend of the Cross

A lot of stories have grown up around the Cross over the course of Christian history, and in a beautiful new picture book for young readers, Chrissi Hart…

Mar 25, 2014

Leaving Christ’s Tomb and the Holy Land, and Becoming Guardians of the Tomb

This past Friday (March 14, 2014), our group of 50 OCN pilgrims departed from the Holy Land and returned to our homes in the United States. I had the opportunity…

Mar 25, 2014

Metropolitan Philip in the Eyes of Others

I did not personally know Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba). Oh, of course, I have met him. After all, I am an Antiochian priest, and I have attended clergy…

Mar 24, 2014

Teaching the Annunciation

The feast of the Annunciation is a glorious respite in the middle of Great Lent. For adults, there are numerous church services and fasting to prepare…

Mar 23, 2014
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