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.

Russian Christmas

    Merry Christmas!  No, I didn’t sleep in. A majority of our Orthodox brothers and sisters celebrate Christmas on January 7th according…

Jan 06, 2016

Nativity by Michael Aldashin

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! In honor of our Orthodox brothers and sisters celebrating Christmas according to the Julian Calendar, here is an lovely animation…

Jan 06, 2016

Christmas Around the World

  Christmas isn’t over!  For the Orthodox Churches on the Julian calendar, the celebrations are just beginning! Here’s a cute video of how…

Jan 05, 2016

Philoptochos Honors Saint through Vasilopita 

      Every year Philoptochos Chapters across America host a luncheon and offer Vasilopita for sale or auction to benefit the Saint Basil…

Jan 05, 2016


OCN promotes good practices and values that are apart of a strong Orthodox culture. Living the Faith is a major portion of what we aspire to promote, encourage,…

Dec 31, 2015

Greek Carols Honoring Saint Basil

      New Year’s Carols   Start of the month and start of the year,  My tall rosemary bush! And start of the year, a good year,…

Dec 30, 2015

Monk Wins Singing Competition 

  And I don’t mean Thelonious Monk, the famous jazz musician. With 76% of the votes for the win on Russia’s version of The Voice, 28 year old,…

Dec 29, 2015

Greek Christmas Carols, “Forty Days and Forty Nights”

    Growing up in a Greek home we often heard Kalanda, Christmas carols.  This is a traditional Christmas carol from Western Thrace. I enjoy…

Dec 29, 2015

Be a Man

  Do you know what it means to be a man? The definition of manhood has changed throughout history and varies throughout cultures.  Are “real”…

Dec 29, 2015

Has Christmas Died?

  “Forget public Nativity scenes, as court fiat commanded us to do years ago. On Fifth Avenue this year you can’t even find dear old Santa Claus….

Dec 27, 2015

The Story of Christ’s Birth, Sort Of…

  Have you ever played the telephone game, where what you say at one point isn’t the same story in the end?  Here’s an adorable video…

Dec 26, 2015

Across the Border, but Close to Home

As we continue the Nativity fast and draw near to our loved ones for Christmas; family stories seem to emanate from the warm glow of Christ’s birth….

Dec 24, 2015