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.

The Reality of Demonic Possession

A great gulf separates those who read the Scriptures over the shoulders of the Fathers and those who read over the shoulders of modern secular academics….

Jan 26, 2015

You Were Presented in the Temple

On February 2, our Orthodox Church celebrates a beautiful moment in the life of Christ – The Presentation of Christ at the Temple. According to the Jewish…

Jan 26, 2015

A Light Shining in the Darkness

One of the greatest neglects of those who defend the Sanctity of Life from its most rudimentary beginning to natural death is putting that belief into…

Jan 22, 2015

See One of Serbia’s Most Beautiful Monasteries from the Sky

You may be familiar with the Serbian monastery called Sopoćani, but I guarantee you have never seen it like this. In this short video, a professional…

Jan 22, 2015

Celebrating the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River

It was simply a most glorious celebration of the Epiphany on the Jordan River today. (January 19 is Epiphany for those following the Old Julian calendar.)…

Jan 21, 2015

Suffering and God

Q: Why does God allow suffering?  Is God either uncaring or incapable of helping? Is faith in God no longer justifiable? Does God know? Does God care?…

Jan 20, 2015

Kollyva – Memorial Wheat

The Orthodox Church prays for the departed. According to our Faith, we believe that each person prepares for life after death in accordance with the faith…

Jan 20, 2015

The Feast of Theophany at Vatopedi Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, 2015

Our partners at Pemptousia have produced an excellent video, showing scenes of the liturgical festivities for the feast of the Theophany, held just days…

Jan 20, 2015

Reaching Younger Orthodox Christians Online

Did you know that the US Census Bureau reports that American young people spend 11 hours per day in front of screens, much of it online? For better or…

Jan 16, 2015

An Honest Response to the Presence of God

During the Paraklesis Service to the Virgin Mary, we read an excerpt from the first chapter in the Gospel of Luke: “And it came to pass, when Elisabeth…

Jan 15, 2015

You Can Help “Share the Light”

Do you benefit from OCN’s ministry? Do you believe in creating a powerful media outreach for Orthodox Christianity? Then please stand with us at…

Jan 14, 2015

Theophany; A Short Film

Here is a new short video of the Theophany Troparion by UK-based Orthodox filmmakers The Brothers Robinson. This team, who have produced many short clips,…

Jan 14, 2015

Help Us Reach Millions for Christ During Lent

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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