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.

‘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

Holy Week in the Holy City

This video montage takes you through some of the highlights of Holy Week in the Holy City of Jerusalem. We start on Holy Monday morning with a Hierarchical…

Apr 06, 2015

The Holy Fire and Pascha at the Holy Sepulchre

The descent of the Holy Fire at the Tomb of Christ every Holy Saturday is the only miraculous event in human history which has taken place each year on…

Apr 06, 2015

Targeting Christians

Yet another massacre at the hands of an Islamic group has been reported, this time in the country of Kenya. According to news reports, Al-Shabab militants…

Apr 03, 2015

Another Jesus

One is tempted to hearken to the siren song of our relativistic and pluralistic society and conclude that all Christian churches believe pretty much the…

Apr 03, 2015

The Illiberal Demand for Kosher and Halal Bacon

The Joy of Bacon With just a few days left before Pascha, the dominant logismoi distracting me from proper prayer (and analysis) is … bacon. …

Apr 03, 2015

IT’S TIME TO SPEAK OUT!

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