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.

Kollyva – Memorial Wheat

The Orthodox Church prays for the departed. According to our Faith, we believe that each person prepares for life after death in accordance with the faith…

Jan 20, 2015

The Feast of Theophany at Vatopedi Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, 2015

Our partners at Pemptousia have produced an excellent video, showing scenes of the liturgical festivities for the feast of the Theophany, held just days…

Jan 20, 2015

Reaching Younger Orthodox Christians Online

Did you know that the US Census Bureau reports that American young people spend 11 hours per day in front of screens, much of it online? For better or…

Jan 16, 2015

An Honest Response to the Presence of God

During the Paraklesis Service to the Virgin Mary, we read an excerpt from the first chapter in the Gospel of Luke: “And it came to pass, when Elisabeth…

Jan 15, 2015

You Can Help “Share the Light”

Do you benefit from OCN’s ministry? Do you believe in creating a powerful media outreach for Orthodox Christianity? Then please stand with us at…

Jan 14, 2015

Theophany; A Short Film

Here is a new short video of the Theophany Troparion by UK-based Orthodox filmmakers The Brothers Robinson. This team, who have produced many short clips,…

Jan 14, 2015

Blessing the Snow

How do you celebrate Epiphany when all you have is snow?  On Thursday, January 8, clergy and faithful from throughout the Orthodox Church in America Rocky…

Jan 14, 2015

Position on Pornography

According to surveys, nearly one ­third of Orthodox Christian teens are unsure whether pornography is right or wrong.1 This is approximately the same…

Jan 14, 2015

A Meditation on MLK Jr, the Sanctity of Life, and Our Own Cowardice

The Lord God stands in the midst of the Divine Council and judges among the gods. ”How long will you rule unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?…

Jan 13, 2015

On Having a Prayer Corner at Home

With the beginning of another civil new year, we often re-commit to our spiritual lives. This may include a desire for a fuller personal prayer life that…

Jan 12, 2015

A One-Year Memorial and the Feast of Lights: Memory Eternal, Vasiliki Greanias Mena

January 6 marked the one-year anniversary of my mother’s passing. Right after Christmas, in the wake of the New Year, on Epiphany, one of the holiest…

Jan 12, 2015

Living Correctly in Outrageous Times

To say that we live in an increasingly violent world is true. And, yet, the USA itself has seen crime statistics continue to go down for the last several…

Jan 12, 2015

10 Cents Per Day Can Help Reach Millions for Christ

In 2014, OCN experienced amazing growth of 2,500% and is reaching millions of people worldwide, 72% of whom are 34 or younger…the next generation of Church leaders! Please join us, as we plan for even greater growth in 2015. During our Lenten/Paschal appeal, 100% of your gift goes directly to mission, 0% to overhead. For just 10 cents a day you can comfort, inspire, and inform people worldwide. Thank you for your support.

Wishing you many blessings! — Fr. Christopher Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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