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.

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

Panagitsa Tribute

Thousands watched in shock as video coverage spread through the internet of the fire that consumed the Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Montreal,…

Apr 22, 2015

A Prom Memory

When I was in high school, I went to prom twice. Senior year, I went with my hilarious, charismatic Big Crush. He chose a moment to ask me when I happened…

Apr 21, 2015

On Christ’s Resurrection

On Christ’s Resurrection When we celebrate the feast of Pascha, do we simply approach it as recollecting an event that happened 2000 years ago? Is it…

Apr 21, 2015

Fast-Free Fridays Deserve Souvlaki!

Here is a recipe perfect for a Fast​-​Free Friday. After 7 weeks of fasting​,​ it’s nice to celebrate with this delicious grilled recipe….

Apr 18, 2015

Is It Time To Do Away With Sunday School?

Will our children choose to live as Orthodox Christians? This is the most pressing question facing the Church today. Over the years, the conventional path…

Apr 16, 2015

Let God Arise at Pascha Matins in Minneapolis

St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN celebrated Pascha Matins at Midnight on the 12th of April. The video above is a recording of “Let…

Apr 16, 2015

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have exciting news! This week, the Orthodox Christian Network surpassed 500,000 Facebook fans, making our ministry the largest Orthodox Christian presence on the internet. Thank you! Because of your support;

  • – Our programs have a weekly reach of five million people on Facebook.
  • – 75% of our fans are under the age of 34.
  • – OCN is watched, read and listened to in 196 countries.

Please join us in celebrating this tremendous success by giving to the “10 Cent A Day” campaign. 100% of your gift will go directly to expanding this ministry, 0% to overhead. Help us continue our mission of comforting, inspiring and informing the next generation of Orthodox Christians, persecuted Christians and faith-seekers around the world.

On behalf of all of the Orthodox Christian Network, I thank you for 20 years of support for our beloved ministry.

— Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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