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.

Albania: A Case for Long-Term Missions

My first visit to Albania was in 2012. The full impact of the global economic crisis was beginning to hit hard as scores of Albanians who made their livings…

Feb 12, 2015

Men in Black: Video about Orthodox Clergy and Monastic Attire

Why do Orthodox clergy and monastics dress like they do? In this short documentary, Abbot Tryphon explains that the clothing worn by Orthodox clergy and…

Feb 11, 2015

The Grace of Incorruption: The Selected Essays of Donald Sheehan on Orthodox Faith and Poetics

As I chanted, the fifth verse struck me like a blow: “Weeping shall endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Although my eyes were brimming…

Feb 11, 2015

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, Discover Love the Orthodox Christian Way

Sometimes, you have to wonder if the real meaning of love can be saved at all. In a world hungry for the truth about love, millions of people will flock…

Feb 11, 2015

Evangelism and the Love of the Stranger

“They look at us like we from the zoo! This no work! This no work, Maria! They different people. So dry! That family is like a piece of toast. No honeys,…

Feb 10, 2015

Prodigal: A Short Film from The Brothers Robinson

Orthodox film-making team The Brothers Robinson have just released a new Orthodox video titled “Prodigal. Made to mark the Sunday of the Prodigal…

Feb 10, 2015

The Priest-Martyr Haralambos

The committed priestly life is filled with deep responsibilities to God, to Church, to Society and Community, and to Family. The work of the Priest is…

Feb 10, 2015

Peace from Above

Each Sunday, at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, we pray for “peace from above, and the salvation of our souls.” But what exactly are we asking…

Feb 09, 2015

The Case for Infant Baptism

Christian baptism is about conversion, as a quick look at the Orthodox liturgical texts reveals. Questions are addressed to the candidate, requiring him…

Feb 09, 2015

On Domestic Missions

At the end of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Jesus Christ gives this final charge to the Apostles before His Ascension into heaven: “Go therefore…

Feb 06, 2015

The Original Polar Bear Club

Just as the weather begins to get wintry in our area, I start to see signs advertising the chills and thrills of a Polar Bear Club Dive into the frosty…

Feb 06, 2015

Watch Iconographers Transform Walls of Church

When you walk into an Orthodox Church, one of the first things you will notice is beautiful iconography adorning the walls and ceiling. But have you ever…

Feb 05, 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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