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.

BBC Features Santiago Calatrava’s Design for St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero

The BBC just published a video and brief article about Santiago Calatrava’s design for the St. Nicholas National Shrine, a Greek Orthodox church…

Jan 07, 2015

The New Medium: Advertising

When there are hundreds of different styles, sizes, and colors of blue jeans, it takes more than just “Buy our product, we are better!” to make it…

Jan 07, 2015

The Deacon Who Couldn’t Sing

He wasn’t a priest or a bishop or a hierarch or even a dedicated monastic. He was born to humble parents who may not have even been Christian. He was…

Jan 07, 2015

Saints Cyril and Methodius: What You Thought You Knew

Saints Cyril and Methodius, brothers who, in addition to being very pious and devout, were brilliant and talented men, were, we all know, responsible for…

Jan 07, 2015

An Award-Winning Russian Animated Film about Christmas

Mikhail Aldashin, a Russian filmmaker, produced “Rozhdestvo” (Christmas) in 1996, winning several awards that year at various Russian and international…

Jan 06, 2015

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Orthodox Christmas

A recent article from CBC/Radio-Canada, titled “5 Things You Didn’t Know about Orthodox Christmas,” highlighted the Christmas traditions…

Jan 06, 2015

One-Man Band Sings St. Raphael Kontakion A Capella

Tyler Mancuso sings the Kontakion of St. Rapahael as a one-man A Capella choir, and the results are staggering. Tyler has been recognized by the Ellen…

Jan 06, 2015

Happy New Me!

Happy New Me! Naturally, you might be thinking what sort of a peculiar wish this is that we make at the beginning of the New Year. We are all accustomed…

Jan 05, 2015

WSJ – Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

The Wall Street Journal featured a page one article this weekend highlighting an alarming trend – ‘Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale’ as the…

Jan 05, 2015

Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen

Arvo Pärt (born in Paide, Estonia in 1935) is one of the most successful composers in the world, if success be judged by record sales.  He is also a…

Jan 05, 2015

Having Arisen from Sleep

Early in the morning the devout women of the community would rise before the rest of their households and, before beginning any of their daily chores,…

Jan 03, 2015

The Calendar Question

Lately, for whatever reason, I discovered that the clock on my wall was running slow.  It might have been a fading battery, or it might have been gremlins,…

Dec 31, 2014

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