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.

Enter into the Spirit of Great Lent

Great Lent is about stepping out of the busyness of life and intentionally entering an arena to battle the passions. We are called to live simply and in…

Feb 19, 2015

What Is the Relationship between Faith and Science?

During a question and answer time after a lecture, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware was asked about the relationship between faith and science—particularly…

Feb 18, 2015

Kisses are Better than Ashes

My first year as an Orthodox Christian I missed Ash Wednesday. I don’t mean forgot to attend or didn’t notice it on the calendar, but literally missed….

Feb 18, 2015

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here. I ran across a compelling quote from the pen of St. John Chrysostom, which I believe is very telling of the spiritual poverty people…

Feb 17, 2015

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part I)

I still recall the excitement I felt as a youth growing up in Boston (and even now as an adult!) when attending a professional sports event. Wearing the…

Feb 17, 2015

Teach Your Children Well

All parents in every generation worry about their kids, and try to keep them safe. They do this not only by not letting them play in traffic or jab sharp…

Feb 17, 2015

Strategic Retreat

It started with a fire on the stove. A moment’s inattention to some oil and three kernels of popcorn in a pot. Never mind, clap the lid on, set the pot…

Feb 17, 2015

Tree Change Dolls – Why We Care

Four days ago, I discovered Tree Change Dolls. When I discovered them, the Facebook page had 23,000+ likes. I checked again at intervals, during the day,…

Feb 16, 2015

Fifty Shades of Horror

There’s been a lot of hype about 50 Shades of Grey, mostly centering around the steamy, explicit and kinky sex that goes on in the book. There’s been…

Feb 13, 2015

Introducing St. Ephrem the Syrian (II): Images and Themes from His Hymns on Paradise

The fifteen poems which comprise Ephrem’s Hymns on Paradise revolve around the poetic figure suggested in their title, taking as their starting point…

Feb 13, 2015

Introducing St. Ephrem the Syrian (I)

St. Ephrem the Syrian, who is remembered on Jan 28th on the Orthodox calendar, is one of the greatest of Christian poet-theologians, as well the most important…

Feb 13, 2015

The Diakonia Center Changes Lives

The Orthodox Christian Network’s headquarters are at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Every year, we watch as kids…

Feb 13, 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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