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.

Welcoming Lent with Joy and Reverence

The Great and Holy Fast of our Sacred Orthodox Church has begun. It is a fast that commences with marked strictness. In the monasteries and at our Sacred…

Mar 14, 2016

In Anticipation of Great Lent

There is something wonderful about anticipation.  The moments right before an important trip when we are waiting for something to happen and our adrenaline…

Mar 10, 2016

Intensity, Freedom, and Joy — A Lenten Message

”THE DIVINE SERVICES OF THE CHURCH are words in which we converse and speak to God with our worship and with our love. The hours spent closest to Paradise…

Mar 07, 2016

Remembering the Dead with Koliva

Remember me, Lord, when You come into Your kingdom! It’s nice to be remembered How many times have you heard the communion hymn from Holy Thursday…

Mar 02, 2016

Cyclone Does Not Deter Mission Work in Fiji

  … on the Island Vanualevu in the town of Labasa   Life is best defined as a mystery; a wonderful mystery of God.   In this mystery,…

Feb 29, 2016

Understanding Heaven

Timmy, Yiayia, and the Resurrection  Growing up, my brothers and I used to play at my maternal grandparents’ house with the neighborhood children. I…

Feb 22, 2016

Teenagers Prepare for National Oratorical Festival 

  The clock is ticking as the 2016 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese National St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is nearing June 10-12, 2016 Greek…

Feb 19, 2016

Wealth, Greed, and the American Gospel

When Martin Shkreli, American Entrepreneur and Pharmaceutical Executive, recently acquired the rights to a drug used to fight AIDS and increased its price…

Feb 19, 2016

Agape Love vs. Erotic Love

  Saint Valentine In our Western world and culture, February 14th is  Valentine’s Day, a day given to honor romantic love known in Greek as eros. …

Feb 17, 2016

Ierapostolé, The One Sent from Christ

  The work of those sent by God I am writing to you from New Zealand.  It may be that you did not know that the Orthodox Church does Ierapostolé…

Feb 15, 2016

Three Lessons on Love

Love is definitely in the air. It can really be overwhelming.  The jewelry commercials and the marketers suggestions on how love is best expressed are…

Feb 12, 2016

Orthodox Monasteries in America

Have you ever wanted to visit a monastery but didn’t know what to expect or where to go?  With nearly 80 Orthodox monasteries in America, there is a…

Feb 12, 2016