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.

God is Not Interested in Religion

Of the many shocking and revolutionary things the Lord said, perhaps nothing was more shocking and revolutionary than His words to the Samaritan woman…

May 08, 2015

Honor Thy Mother

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and so we celebrate the special bond between mother and child. My two favorite mothers are Mary, mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth,…

May 07, 2015

The Cost of Coffee Hour

You fast all morning for communion. During liturgy, your stomach is growling as you do your best to focus on the prayers and sing the church hymns. As…

May 06, 2015

Age of Ultron: A Review

“They put the building in the middle of the city, so that everyone could be equally close to God.  I like that, the symmetry, the geometry of belief.” …

May 05, 2015

Joy Has Come to All the World

Three weeks have passed since the Paschal celebration​,​ and I am still basking in the afterglow. I look back at the images and videos from the days…

May 04, 2015

The Orthodox Value of Justice

We are born into an imperfect world, and being such, we become plagued with all that comes with it. As Baltimore and Missouri erupted in riots, as ISIS…

May 04, 2015

When Pascha is Everyday!

Xριστὸς ἀνέστη! Christ is risen! Natural catastrophes and personal tragedies, not uncommon in our complex and fallen world, are simultaneously…

May 04, 2015

Jesus and His Amazing Relationships with Women

Jesus has a way of interacting with women that I find deeply spiritual. There are many good examples of this in the Gospels, and I want to share a few…

May 01, 2015

Three Lessons from Three Outstanding Orthodox Priests, Part 1

It seems as if we are losing so many outstanding Orthodox priests. Less than two months ago, a young priest with six children, Fr. Matthew Baker, died…

Apr 30, 2015

Let the Little Children Come

This picture brings tears to my eyes. If I have one wish for my children, it is that they grow to love Christ and His church. How can they not? The services…

Apr 30, 2015

The Potential of Religious Education, even Sunday School

On any given Sunday from about September to May, I conservatively estimate that at least 10,500 young people attend a parish religious education program,…

Apr 30, 2015

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Spiritual Neurosis

About a month ago, returning from a funeral in northern Alabama, I decided to turn on the radio.  Driving down a very rural country road, I began to listen…

Apr 30, 2015

IT’S TIME TO SPEAK OUT!

Across the world, Christians are suffering for their faith. Attacked by ISIS and harangued by extremism, Christianity is in danger of being eradicated in the lands of its birth. Yet very few people in the West seem to care — or even know!

That’s why we at OCN believe it’s time to speak out. We’ve covered this issue for a long time, but want to dedicate even more resources to raising awareness and spurring action, using our massive social media following. We reach MILLIONS of people per week, and it’s time for collective action.

Please support this effort by giving to our “10 cent per day” campaign. 100% of your gift will go directly to expanding this ministry, 0% to overhead. Together, we can and will make a difference!

— Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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