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.

Greek Carols Honoring Saint Basil

      New Year’s Carols   Start of the month and start of the year,  My tall rosemary bush! And start of the year, a good year,…

Dec 30, 2015

Monk Wins Singing Competition 

  And I don’t mean Thelonious Monk, the famous jazz musician. With 76% of the votes for the win on Russia’s version of The Voice, 28 year old,…

Dec 29, 2015

Greek Christmas Carols, “Forty Days and Forty Nights”

    Growing up in a Greek home we often heard Kalanda, Christmas carols.  This is a traditional Christmas carol from Western Thrace. I enjoy…

Dec 29, 2015

Be a Man

  Do you know what it means to be a man? The definition of manhood has changed throughout history and varies throughout cultures.  Are “real”…

Dec 29, 2015

Has Christmas Died?

  “Forget public Nativity scenes, as court fiat commanded us to do years ago. On Fifth Avenue this year you can’t even find dear old Santa Claus….

Dec 27, 2015

The Story of Christ’s Birth, Sort Of…

  Have you ever played the telephone game, where what you say at one point isn’t the same story in the end?  Here’s an adorable video…

Dec 26, 2015

Christmas Card Ornaments

  Before you clear out all your Christmas decorations, here is a sweet craft for next year’s tree.       You will need: Christmas…

Dec 24, 2015

There Are No Christians Here

  I recently read an article by CNN’s David McKenzie and Briana Duggan about a bus in Kenya that was stopped by terrorists.  The gunmen ambushed…

Dec 22, 2015

Myriam Has Returned with a Message of Forgiveness.

  Recently, ABCnews.com aired a follow-up interview  with a sweet girl named Myriam.  Her message: forgiveness. She told ABC News “20/20” co-anchor…

Dec 21, 2015

 The Icon of the Nativity

  The birth of Jesus Christ in a manger is one we have heard since the beginning of our Orthodox lives. Emperor Augustus decreed that everyone should…

Dec 21, 2015

Christ Is Still in Christmas

  Christ is still in Christmas, at least He is in Tennessee!  Amy Basel, speaker and blogger of YPHP: Your Path His Plan, has proof!   Recently…

Dec 20, 2015

Helping People Through Philoptochos

  Recently, the Philoptochos Chapter of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Community hosted a charity dinner where the women decorated…

Dec 19, 2015