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.

A Thing of Beauty: An 18th Century Russian Version of “Hallelujah”

The poet John Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” So it is with…

Sep 01, 2014

An Orthodox Christian Response to Beheading by Muslims

I am an unworthy man, unworthy to be called an Orthodox Christian, not to speak of the priesthood, and I write, admittedly, from the comfort of my Mount…

Sep 01, 2014

St. Symeon the Stylite: His Astonishing Ascetical Life and Its Relevance Today

St Symeon the Stylite is one of the great figures in the early history of monasticism. By the time he renounced the world in his youth in the late fourth…

Sep 01, 2014

Ten Questions for the Assembly of Bishops

In all of God’s earthly creation, only the human person has the ability to ask questions and seek answers. Asking questions reflects the fact that men…

Aug 28, 2014

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Violence in the Middle East

In June of 2014, the city of Mosul fell to the militant Islamic group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As most are aware, Mosul…

Aug 27, 2014

Without saying much, this short video says a lot

This video may just qualify as a modern-day retelling of our Lord’s famous parable about the widow’s mite. Watch it and reflect on these words…

Aug 26, 2014

Explaining the Trinity to Muslims

Recently, the following question was received by OCN: Hi, Thanks for a great page and I’m very happy to see my Orthodox brothers and sisters from around…

Aug 25, 2014

Iraqi TV Host Breaks Down in Tears at Plight of Christians

Christians are by no means the only ones who oppose the extremist ideology and horrific practices of ISIS. In this short video clip, which includes English…

Aug 22, 2014

Suicide Prevention: What Works, What Doesn’t

Robin Williams completed his suicide just over a week ago. When I heard the news, all I could do was make the sign of the cross, say a small prayer for…

Aug 20, 2014

Beaten by a Dream

He was a teen, and sometimes, teenage boys just want to have fun. So on the first warm spring day, Gregory made plans to pick up a couple of his friends…

Aug 19, 2014

The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

As we continue our jubilant πανήγυρις during these days following this great feast of the Church, alternately called the “Summer Pascha”,…

Aug 19, 2014

Short Video on the Meaning of Icons

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has an impressive collection of Byzantine iconography, and an equally impressive history of developing…

Aug 18, 2014