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.

WSJ – Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

The Wall Street Journal featured a page one article this weekend highlighting an alarming trend – ‘Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale’ as the…

Jan 05, 2015

Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen

Arvo Pärt (born in Paide, Estonia in 1935) is one of the most successful composers in the world, if success be judged by record sales.  He is also a…

Jan 05, 2015

Having Arisen from Sleep

Early in the morning the devout women of the community would rise before the rest of their households and, before beginning any of their daily chores,…

Jan 03, 2015

The Calendar Question

Lately, for whatever reason, I discovered that the clock on my wall was running slow.  It might have been a fading battery, or it might have been gremlins,…

Dec 31, 2014

Vasilopita

It has always been an honor to be named after St. Basil.  Known for his generosity and care for the poor, St. Basil was also a brilliant theologian. …

Dec 31, 2014

WSJ – Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

The Wall Street Journal’s excellent editorial ‘Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God’ is well worth reading as we enter the New Year and ponder…

Dec 31, 2014

A Child’s Guide to the Divine Liturgy

There are two kinds of instruction books. One kind is to get the reader to put the book down and DO whatever it is they’re trying to learn as quickly…

Dec 31, 2014

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 10

Before concluding, there is one final, yet very important point which makes St. Silouan’s teaching so relevant for today. And this is the special emphasis…

Dec 29, 2014

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 9

The passion of pride seduced even Lucifer, who was created as the greatest and most glorious angel. Pride is thus the primordial cause of the fall of creation….

Dec 29, 2014

Newsweek Scholarship: So Sloppy It’s a Sin

Just in time for Christmas, Newsweek continued the media’s predictable and venerable tradition of trashing the Christian Faith. (Expect the next instalment…

Dec 29, 2014

Pope Francis’ List of 15 Spiritual Ailments Applies to Orthodox Christians, Too!

Orthodox Christians around the world were recently watching as Pope Francis visited The Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Feast of St. Andrew on November…

Dec 27, 2014

St. Basil: A Proper Bishop

St. Basil lived and worked in the fourth century, when the Church was just starting to work hand in glove with the Roman state.  The new relationship…

Dec 26, 2014

Help Us Reach Millions for Christ During Lent

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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