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.

Serbian Celebrities and Children Sing Paschal Folk Song

Have you seen the video embedded above? It’s a joyous and beautiful rendition of a famous folk song by St. Nikolaj Velimirović, a well known recent…

Apr 28, 2016

Sermon for the Beginning of Holy Week and the Raising of Lazarus

By the grace of God, we have completed the Fast, and have now set our foot on the bridge leading from Great Lent to Holy Week. Holy Week is called “Holy…

Apr 28, 2016

United Yet Not of This World

We are called to live holy lives, in the world but not worldly.  This Lenten season has been a strong reminder.   There were several times we have had…

Apr 27, 2016

How Many Ways Can You Say “Christ is Risen”?

Are you ready for the Big Day? During the Pascha/Easter season, the forty days between Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension, a tradition of the Orthodox…

Apr 26, 2016

Logismoi, Our Thoughts

  “The dispassionate man isn’t the man who has no passions but the man who doesn’t act on them.”   St. Isaac the Syrian…

Apr 26, 2016

The Power of a Kiss

When I was a little girl I would spend a few weeks in the summer with my Greek grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou). They immigrated from Greece…

Apr 25, 2016

When Easter is a Second Chance

The wheel on our unbalanced shopping cart squeaks as our family speeds around the corner aisle of the local grocery store. Shoppers around us raise an…

Apr 24, 2016

Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

  A Tradition For Children and Their God-Parents It is tradition for Godparents to give their children an Easter Candle to take to Church for the…

Apr 21, 2016

Explore the Meaning of Each of the Solemn Days of Passion Week.

Great Lent and Holy Week are two separate fasts, and two separate celebrations bridged together with the Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday. His Eminence…

Apr 21, 2016

You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

In the well known movie “Field of Dreams”, there is an ongoing argument between lead actor Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella and his brother-in-law, Mark,…

Apr 19, 2016

The Elephant in the Ecumenical Room

Especially in advance of the much-anticipated Great and Holy Council scheduled for later this year, there has been much talk about the importance of our…

Apr 17, 2016

The Pascha Basket

When I was a child, growing up in a secular home in Toronto, Ontario, I loved my Easter basket. It held that plastic fake grass in the pastel colours,…

Apr 13, 2016