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.

Myriam’s Story

Earlier today I came across this video clip of a little girl named Myriam, an Iraqi Christian whose family had to flee their home near Mosul when ISIS…

Feb 27, 2015

The Coptic Martyrs of ISIS

Many have heard the dramatic story of the twenty-one Coptic Orthodox Christians working in Libya who were captured and beheaded by ISIS as part of their…

Feb 25, 2015

Orthodox Music Wins a Grammy!

A religious hymn is a great blessing for everyone. It constitutes praise to the Most High, honor for His holy people, worldwide harmony, an eloquent proof…

Feb 25, 2015

Do Pets Go to Heaven?

Q: Do pets go to heaven when they die? A: This is a sympathetic question, and it is understandable, at least by pet owners who come to love their dogs…

Feb 25, 2015

The Selected Essays of Donald Sheehan on Orthodox Faith and Poetics

From start to finish, this beautiful book is a spiritual “powerhouse,” a grace-filled stream, a gift of joy – from the tender, perceptive heart and…

Feb 25, 2015

An Orthodox Journey through Time

My curiosity began when I saw them every day as I drove to and from work. As I made my way through Chicago’s Greektown, I would see the maroon banners…

Feb 24, 2015

Archbishop Dmitri and Friends, Singing in Church

On this first morning of Great Lent, we found a gift we want to share with you. If you click above, you can watch Archbishop Vladyka Dmitri singing with…

Feb 24, 2015

The Sixth Day of Creation: The Fashioning of Man

THE SIXTH DAY OF CREATION: THE FASHIONING OF MAN Wednesday, Lent Week I Presanctified Liturgy: Gen. 1:24-2:3; Prov. 2:1-22 1. On the first Wednesday of…

Feb 24, 2015

Why Don’t We Pay Our Church Musicians?

When, as an eighteen-year-old music student, I took my first paid choir directing job in an Orthodox church, I initially felt a little uneasy about accepting…

Feb 23, 2015

Loving to Fast, and Fasting to Love

And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you,…

Feb 23, 2015

Nearly Orthodox, by Angela Doll Carson

One of the advantages of reading a poet’s conversion memoir is that you don’t get the typical chronological, straight-through narrative. While many…

Feb 21, 2015

Man of Steel, Man of Faith? Part 5: “And the American Way”

How does one define “Americana?” Anything that represents American culture? Baseball, apple pie, and the Fourth of July? Whatever’s decorating the…

Feb 19, 2015

10 Cents Per Day Can Help Reach Millions for Christ

In 2014, OCN experienced amazing growth of 2,500% and is reaching millions of people worldwide, 72% of whom are 34 or younger…the next generation of Church leaders! Please join us, as we plan for even greater growth in 2015. During our Lenten/Paschal appeal, 100% of your gift goes directly to mission, 0% to overhead. For just 10 cents a day you can comfort, inspire, and inform people worldwide. Thank you for your support.

Wishing you many blessings! — Fr. Christopher Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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