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.

Finding Strength at Camp

​This year, I went to camp for the first time. Knowing I was going to be in a cabin with girls my age and a little older made me a bit nervous, especially…

Aug 03, 2015

Of the Making of Many Books

I’m that grownup. The one who gives the same gift for every occasion: A book. A baptism? Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, or The Going to Bed Book…

Aug 03, 2015

Change Your Life: Go to Camp!

I didn’t really know what to expect when I arrived for my first time at the Diakonia Center in rural South Carolina. I had heard from friends…

Aug 03, 2015

Orthodox Fundamentalism

One of the cornerstones of Orthodox Christianity is its reverence for the great Fathers of the Church who were not only exemplars of holiness but were…

Aug 03, 2015

What Would You Do?

Imagine you are driving down the highway and money starts floating across your windshield. First,​ it’s a five-dollar bill, then a ten, maybe…

Jul 31, 2015

The Green Patriarch (Documentary)

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew insists that we must take care of the environment, an insistence that has earned him the title, “The…

Jul 30, 2015

Making a Stand

Have you heard of the Japanese Orthodox Christian who saved the lives of thousands of Jews? Chiune Sugihara, baptized as Pavlo Sergeivich, wrote thousands…

Jul 29, 2015

Appalachian Orthodox Paschal Hymn

Father Justin Patterson of the OCA uploaded the video above. It is the Paschal troparion sung to Appalachian harmonies, but conforming to tonal rules of…

Jul 27, 2015

Chrismation: A Rambling Path to Orthodoxy

A reverent fear of God and relationship with Jesus served as the spiritual foundation in my parent’s household, and I am eternally grateful for their…

Jul 23, 2015

Some Thoughts About Musical Professionalism

This past Spring, I had the privilege of recording a CD of my own compositions for St. Tikhon’s Monastery, where I live and work. The CD will be called…

Jul 21, 2015

What’s Your Summer Camp Super Power?

Orthodox Summer Camp was a changing factor in my life story. This is where I should add a legal disclaimer that not all camp experiences are the same and…

Jul 21, 2015

When Death Comes to Dinner

Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe…

Jul 20, 2015

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have exciting news! This week, the Orthodox Christian Network surpassed 500,000 Facebook fans, making our ministry the largest Orthodox Christian presence on the internet. Thank you! Because of your support;

  • – Our programs have a weekly reach of five million people on Facebook.
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  • – OCN is watched, read and listened to in 196 countries.

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— Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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