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.

Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

Our family discussed this question after attending liturgy one Sunday. The reason? The parish leadership chose to hire an armed security detail in response…

Jul 10, 2017

Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Downside of Books and the Written Word

“The person who is in communion with Him who inspired those who wrote the Divine Scriptures, and is initiated by Him into the undivulged secrets…

Jul 08, 2017

The Apostolic Example: Coming and Going, Gathering and Sending

Words are wonderful. One June 29 we celebrated the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. But what does that celebration mean? What is a Synaxis? Interestingly,…

Jul 01, 2017

Fellowship and the Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

The Book of Acts offers us a glimpse in life in the Early Church. In chapter 2 the book’s author, Saint Luke, shares with us a list of the important…

Jun 27, 2017

Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

Roughly six months before we celebrate the nativity of Christ, our Church honors the coming of one of his most precious companions, the Glorious Prophet…

Jun 25, 2017

The Famous Monastery of Panagias Kykkou

The OCN is pleased to share with you written excerpts and photos from the 2017 St. Helen’s Pilgrimage of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox…

Jun 20, 2017

An Open Letter to First-Generation Dads on Fathers’ Day

There are fathers and then there are dads, am I right? I have had the great fortune of having both wonderful fathers and dads in my life—fathers who…

Jun 17, 2017

Cyprus and the Convent of St Heracledius

The OCN is pleased to share with you written excerpts and photos from the 2017 St. Helen’s Pilgrimage of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox…

Jun 16, 2017

The Home of St. George the Great Martyr

The OCN is pleased to share with you written excerpts and photos from the 2017 St. Helen’s Pilgrimage of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox…

Jun 15, 2017

An Opportunity to Reflect at a Church Dedicated to the Apostles Near the Sea of Galilee

The OCN is pleased to share with you written excerpts and photos from the 2017 St. Helen’s Pilgrimage of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox…

Jun 14, 2017

Agiasmos – Blessing of the Waters

The OCN is pleased to share with you written excerpts and photos from the 2017 St. Helen’s Pilgrimage of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox…

Jun 13, 2017

A Letter to Dad, Memory Eternal

Dear Dad, It has been 20 years since the day you passed. I don’t remember the date, but it was Father’s Day and Pentecost that year. I marveled…

Jun 10, 2017