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.

Paper Plates

For years, my mother pleaded with me to use paper plates during stressful times in my life. “Annie, why are you staying up to wash dishes after you get…

Nov 24, 2014

A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Several years ago, Orthodox peoples in America were happy to see coverage of our faith on broadcast television when CBS aired a documentary about life…

Nov 21, 2014

Orthodoxy’s Thanksgiving

In the early Church, the primary word used to describe the celebration of the Mystery of Christ was Eὐχαριστία-Eucharist (thanksgiving). This…

Nov 21, 2014

The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Our experience of living in North America today is very different than was the experience of living in Byzantium in the fifth century, or in Holy Russia…

Nov 21, 2014

Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church in the 21st Century

Nowadays, there are tens of thousands of online videos about Eastern Orthodoxy: documentaries, lectures, interviews, sermons, hymns, worship services,…

Nov 20, 2014

Man of Steel, Part 2: Heaven is (Not) a Place on Earth

Above: “Richard Donner’s Krypton from Superman: The Movie, 1978.” “Man of Steel” was released to huge box office last year,…

Nov 19, 2014

The Beauty of Orthodox Christian Faith

The Psalmist proclaims: “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him,” (Psalm 96:9). The beauty of holiness,…

Nov 19, 2014

Treasuring Simplicity

Orthodox Christians treasure simplicity. We venerate St Anthony the Great, and the countless monastics who followed him into the desert, forsaking the…

Nov 18, 2014

My Global Orthodox Family

Hello, this is Chris from THE MOVING ICON. These are just some of the gifts sent to me by my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world….

Nov 17, 2014

Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them…

Nov 17, 2014

Rescue Dogs, Lost Sheep, and Drowned Women

The icon of Christ in my prayer corner is The Good Shepherd; I chose it because The Good Shepherd most aptly describes my journey to Orthodoxy. I’d heard…

Nov 16, 2014

The Directive on Freedom

Back in a time made simple by the birth of a nation, where the courageous proclaimed, ‘There is a price we will not pay.  There is a point beyond which…

Nov 15, 2014
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