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.

Byzantine Chanters Release Christmas Album

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina.  In preparation for one of the most joyful days of the Orthodox church, the feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ, two chanters…

Dec 03, 2015

Ho, Ho, Holiness in the Simplicity and Purity of God

  “THINK of shepherds who are made wise, think of priests who teach, of women who are delighted, when Gabriel teaches Mary joy, when Elisabeth has…

Dec 01, 2015

Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker

  There are some saints that I can relate to better than others.  Saint Spyridon is one of them.  Reading about his life and miracles has always…

Nov 30, 2015

One Man “Orthodox- Apella,” Tyler Mancuso, Sings Again

You’ve seen his videos “The Virgin Cometh Today,”  “Bless The Lord,” even the Kontakion of St. Rapahael, on our Facebook page…

Nov 30, 2015

Perfection or Suicide

Suicide, already a tough topic to discuss, and even harder to mention when one thinks about a youth taking their own life.  Parents are especially affected,…

Nov 30, 2015

A Christian Response to the Refugees

  “Cut off terrorism from our countries and end the flow of arms. Send your warships back to your ports! We are not protected by the vessels of…

Nov 24, 2015

Thankful for a Perfect Gift from Above

  Every year on Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks to God for our wonderful life. We rejoice in the fruits of the earth (with or without feathers) gathered…

Nov 20, 2015

Hawaiian Miracle Icon

A few weeks ago I flew to Houston for a presvytera retreat.  We were instructed to wait at the baggage claim for the others and the shuttle bus.  I arrived…

Nov 19, 2015

A Song for Mercy 

  It was in a simple church beneath a red mesa where my heart was softened to the tune of Have Mercy on Us – an old Christian Orthodox hymn sung…

Nov 19, 2015

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 3

Joy of Liturgy When we gather together for the sacrament of the Eucharist, it is not yet the feast in the Father’s house, it is not yet the fulfillment…

Nov 18, 2015

Father Ioasaph and the Alaska Mission

  “We ate rotten three-year-old dried fish, to the last bit, although when we arrived here, fish were still running but not harvested.” The author…

Nov 17, 2015

My Encounter with St. John Chrysostom

  The first time I ever saw the holy relics of saints was at Philotheou Monastery on Mt. Athos.  It was after the evening service and the fathers…

Nov 17, 2015