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.

The Witness of Fr. Roman Braga

In the fall of 1999, I was a young man not yet twenty, searching for a deeper and richer faith. I was on the threshold of adulthood, between a child’s…

Mar 21, 2015

Building Musical Bridges in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

A couple of summers ago, I was participating in a regional choir federation’s convention. I was there to teach a workshop on Byzantine chant, but I was…

Mar 20, 2015

Fr. Roman Braga’s Spirituality of Joy

Two days ago, I saw various reports online that Fr. Roman Braga is ill. He was the definitive influence on my life as a teen, and my confessor for many…

Mar 20, 2015

55 Maxims for Christian Living by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko fell asleep in the Lord yesterday. In addition to his many books, articles, and sermons, Fr. Thomas published a simple but…

Mar 19, 2015

Stunning Video Captures Six Monasteries from Above

Take flight over six famous monasteries in this one-of-a-kind video. The holiness of the monasteries is almost palpable, as many of them sit atop soaring…

Mar 18, 2015

A Deeper Look – Turning Inward – Part 4 of 6

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon him, for He cares for you. Be sober,…

Mar 17, 2015

Paschal Evangelism

In his second letter to Timothy, St. Paul instructed his spiritual son to do the work of an evangelist. What does that mean? Are we to stand on street…

Mar 16, 2015

St. Feofil

“Feofil breaks the rule and order. . . . No one knows where he might read his prayers. . .. He barely participates in the . . . liturgy . . . .. He stands…

Mar 16, 2015

Celebrate Pascha with Your Godchild

When you became a godparent, you assumed responsibility before God to bring the child up in the Orthodox faith. You pray for your godchildren, of course….

Mar 16, 2015

News from Missionaries in Albania

Dear Friends and Fellow Servants in the Lord, The Grace and Peace of Christ be with you always. After being in the mission field for 22 months, Albania…

Mar 09, 2015

What Are We Up Against Now and What Are We Doing? – Part 3 of 6

Body and Soul: Orthodox Christian Lent as a Self-Care Journey  As humans on earth, we struggle, but our God in heaven tells us how to be ready for spiritual…

Mar 09, 2015

Don’t Worry…Be Happy in God!

We live in an ironic age. While most of us in the Western world live relatively comfortable lifestyles, at least in comparison to the rest of the world,…

Mar 04, 2015

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