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.

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

Music and Mediation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary ‘On the Inscriptions of the Psalms’

In his On the Making of Man, St Gregory of Nyssa likened the human body to a kind of musical instrument, played upon by the mind of man. In the same work,…

Aug 17, 2014

8 Ways You Can Help Victims of Christian Genocide

Do you know what’s going in the Middle East right now? Ancient Christian communities are being driven from their homes, churches desecrated and destroyed,…

Aug 16, 2014

“A Great Sign” (Rev. 12:1): A Homily on the Dormition of the Theotokos

Notes for a sermon delivered during Great Vespers, Dormition of the Theotokos, 2014   Today we celebrate a great and joyous solemnity: the falling…

Aug 15, 2014

Piety and Reason Joined: Insights from St Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium, Book I

In his first book against the Arian heretic Eunomius of Cyzicus (d. 393), St Gregory of Nyssa (333-393) demonstrates a balanced appreciation for both the…

Aug 15, 2014

Orthodox College Students: Turning the World Upside Down

For forty days from the middle of August through the end of September, Orthodox Christians across the country focus on the lives of college students. As…

Aug 14, 2014

Orthodox Time and the Last Weeks of the Old Year

Time seems to move slower for many in America in early to mid-August, traditionally a time of vacation or of a “re-set” before the start of the academic…

Aug 14, 2014

Persecution of Christians: What You Should Know

The systematic persecution of Christians in Iraq is indicative of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East; cruel and barbaric. Like many minorities,…

Aug 14, 2014

Living In an Auto-correcting World

Of late my computer has been helping me out with my bad spelling rather a lot. In particular, whenever I try to write to someone about the Orthodox Christian…

Aug 14, 2014

How Do We Pray the Psalms?

How do we pray the Psalms? We should surely take our lead from the Holy Fathers of the Early Church and learn from their wisdom. Whilst researching the…

Aug 13, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE BEING CREMATED TODAY!

My bishop is probably not going to believe this. Recently, a member of our congregation was very upset. She heard that the new priest was planning to cremate…

Aug 12, 2014

The Legacy of Robin Williams: Seize the Day

Like millions of others, I was stunned to learn of the tragic death of Robin Williams, who took his own life after a long and unsuccessful struggle with…

Aug 12, 2014
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