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.

Divisions That Shouldn’t Divide Us

History is filled with divisions that have fractured Christianity (and other religions, for that matter) into a multitude of sects. Some of these divisions…

Apr 13, 2015

Flash Mob in Beirut Mall Sings ‘Christ is Risen!’

You may have heard of teenagers organizing flash mobs or PR firms using them to build brand awareness for clients. But what about storming the public…

Apr 12, 2015

Serbian Celebrities and Children Sing Paschal Folk Song

Have you seen the video embedded above? It’s a joyous and beautiful rendition of a famous folk song by St. Nikolaj Velimirović, a well known recent…

Apr 12, 2015

“Christ is Risen!” Chanted in Many Languages

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen! Although there are many beautiful and popular hymns from Pascha, none is as well known as “Christ is risen,”…

Apr 12, 2015

It is the Day of Resurrection! The Paschal Canon in Many Languages and Melodies

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen! Orthodox Christians are currently celebrating the most sacred and joyous feast of the year: Pascha. You can catch a…

Apr 12, 2015

‘Come Receive the Light’ Chanted in Many Languages

In the Paschal Vigil, there is a dramatic moment when the faithful wait in darkness for the Paschal Light to emerge. As soon as it does, a famous hymn…

Apr 11, 2015

The Lamentations as Chanted by the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral Choir

Check out this great recording of the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral Choir, performing “The Lord’s Lamentations,” one of the most solemn…

Apr 10, 2015

Arabic Orthodox Choir Chants Famous Hymn for Holy Friday

Some of the most beloved hymns of Great and Holy Friday take places during the “Unnailing” Great Vespers, where the body of Jesus is taken…

Apr 10, 2015

Good Friday in the Holy Sepulchre during the Middle Ages

Cappella Romana (http://www.cappellaromana.org/) is a well known vocal ensemble, which often performs sacred music from the Middle Ages, based on extensive…

Apr 10, 2015

Holy Tuesday

I did something luxurious tonight: I went to Bridegroom Orthos. Alone. I’m going to say right here and now lest anyone think I’m complaining,…

Apr 09, 2015

See the Miracle of the Holy Fire

Although I am in Boston finishing a very blessed Lenten book tour with Christina books, my eyes are turned to Jerusalem, and my heart is in my husband’s…

Apr 09, 2015

Virtual Choir of 90 Voices Sings Paschal Communion Hymn

Last year, a group called AXIOS Music initiated an outstanding video project. Ninety choir members from 40 different Greek Orthodox churches in the United…

Apr 08, 2015