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.

Three Lessons from Three Outstanding Orthodox Priests, Part 1

It seems as if we are losing so many outstanding Orthodox priests. Less than two months ago, a young priest with six children, Fr. Matthew Baker, died…

Apr 30, 2015

Let the Little Children Come

This picture brings tears to my eyes. If I have one wish for my children, it is that they grow to love Christ and His church. How can they not? The services…

Apr 30, 2015

The Potential of Religious Education, even Sunday School

On any given Sunday from about September to May, I conservatively estimate that at least 10,500 young people attend a parish religious education program,…

Apr 30, 2015

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Spiritual Neurosis

About a month ago, returning from a funeral in northern Alabama, I decided to turn on the radio.  Driving down a very rural country road, I began to listen…

Apr 30, 2015

Forty Days of Pascha: Christ is Risen!

Orthodox Christians greet each other saying “Christ is risen!” during the forty days after our Lord’s resurrection. This is in response…

Apr 29, 2015

The Incredible Life in the Early Church

Listen to this powerful and beautiful description of the early Church from the book of Acts, which we read during this post-Paschal season: The first Christians…

Apr 28, 2015

For of Such is the Kingdom

Bishop Thomas made me cry. I was in the chapel at Antiochian Village. It was during the St. Emmelia Homeschool Conference. The chapel was packed full of…

Apr 28, 2015

Oratorical Festivals and Lessons Learned

I was privileged to be present at an Oratorical Festival today. Listening to the junior and senior grade divisions, I was impressed with the amount of…

Apr 27, 2015

Now I Get It: The Armenian Genocide

Christians have been crying out for action in response to the current genocide taking place in the Middle East and Africa for years.  Today, I found a…

Apr 25, 2015

The Two Genocides

There are always two genocides. The first is the physical act and the second is the denial.  One hundred years ago today, Turkish authorities, acting…

Apr 24, 2015

An Animation of St. George Slaying the Dragon

On this day (April 23) in 303 A.D., St. George the Great Martyr was beheaded for his faith in Christ. St. George was born into a devout Christian family…

Apr 23, 2015

An Animated Version of Fr. Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko reposed in the Lord on March 18 of this year. He was an influential figure in American Orthodoxy, in part due to his long tenure…

Apr 22, 2015

IT’S TIME TO SPEAK OUT!

Across the world, Christians are suffering for their faith. Attacked by ISIS and harangued by extremism, Christianity is in danger of being eradicated in the lands of its birth. Yet very few people in the West seem to care — or even know!

That’s why we at OCN believe it’s time to speak out. We’ve covered this issue for a long time, but want to dedicate even more resources to raising awareness and spurring action, using our massive social media following. We reach MILLIONS of people per week, and it’s time for collective action.

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— Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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