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.

An Orthodox Journey through Time

My curiosity began when I saw them every day as I drove to and from work. As I made my way through Chicago’s Greektown, I would see the maroon banners…

Feb 24, 2015

Archbishop Dmitri and Friends, Singing in Church

On this first morning of Great Lent, we found a gift we want to share with you. If you click above, you can watch Archbishop Vladyka Dmitri singing with…

Feb 24, 2015

The Sixth Day of Creation: The Fashioning of Man

THE SIXTH DAY OF CREATION: THE FASHIONING OF MAN Wednesday, Lent Week I Presanctified Liturgy: Gen. 1:24-2:3; Prov. 2:1-22 1. On the first Wednesday of…

Feb 24, 2015

Getting Started on a Healthy Self-Care Journey- Part 1 of 6

Body and Soul: Orthodox Christian Lent as a Self-Care Journey  “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds…

Feb 23, 2015

Why Don’t We Pay Our Church Musicians?

When, as an eighteen-year-old music student, I took my first paid choir directing job in an Orthodox church, I initially felt a little uneasy about accepting…

Feb 23, 2015

Loving to Fast, and Fasting to Love

And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you,…

Feb 23, 2015

Nearly Orthodox, by Angela Doll Carson

One of the advantages of reading a poet’s conversion memoir is that you don’t get the typical chronological, straight-through narrative. While many…

Feb 21, 2015

Man of Steel, Man of Faith? Part 5: “And the American Way”

How does one define “Americana?” Anything that represents American culture? Baseball, apple pie, and the Fourth of July? Whatever’s decorating the…

Feb 19, 2015

Enter into the Spirit of Great Lent

Great Lent is about stepping out of the busyness of life and intentionally entering an arena to battle the passions. We are called to live simply and in…

Feb 19, 2015

What Is the Relationship between Faith and Science?

During a question and answer time after a lecture, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware was asked about the relationship between faith and science—particularly…

Feb 18, 2015

Kisses are Better than Ashes

My first year as an Orthodox Christian I missed Ash Wednesday. I don’t mean forgot to attend or didn’t notice it on the calendar, but literally missed….

Feb 18, 2015

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here. I ran across a compelling quote from the pen of St. John Chrysostom, which I believe is very telling of the spiritual poverty people…

Feb 17, 2015