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.

Why the Divine Liturgy is Truly Heaven on Earth

St. Germanos of Constantinople said: “The Church is the Earthly Heaven, in which the Heavenly God dwells and moves.” Find out why the Church…

Aug 01, 2014

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the Meaning of the Word “Liturgy”

Metropolitan Kallisos Ware is one of the leading Orthodox theologians of the last several generations. He is a sought-after speaker, appearing at scholarly…

Aug 01, 2014

Don’t Proof Text the Holy Fathers

“Proof texting” is a well known problem, especially when it comes to interpreting Holy Scripture. Some people develop whole theologies around…

Jul 29, 2014

A Place of Holiness, Retreat, and Martyrdom in North Lebanon

Below are some pictures of the Monastery of Hamatoura in Kousba village, North Lebanon. The monastery is named after the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos….

Jul 27, 2014

The World’s First Underground Orthodox Church

Ancient Dacia was famous for its salt mines. In modern-day Romania, salt mines continue to be popular and can be found throughout the country. In addition…

Jul 27, 2014

This Russian Video Made the World Cry

Dashboard cameras are mainly used by police in America but are a popular accessory for civilian cars in Russia. There are a wide variety of dash-cam compilations…

Jul 27, 2014

Celebrating St. Focas on a Tiny Greek Island

The following report and photographs were sent to us by a Facebook fan, an English woman who has converted to Orthodoxy and lives on the island of Crete….

Jul 26, 2014

Broadcasting from Rome: A Scrapbook

Recently during the historic pilgrimage of the successors to the Brothers of Galilee, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, viewers around…

Jul 24, 2014

The Work of a Leader Begins at Liturgy

“Let no man’s place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man’s low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are…

Jul 24, 2014

Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa, sometimes called Butter Week, Crepe Week, or Cheesefare Week (i.e. the week we say goodbye to cheese), is a very popular religious and folk…

Jul 24, 2014

A Modern-Day Monk Living in the Clouds

There are a variety of kinds of Orthodox Christian monasticism. Some monks live in monasteries with hundreds of fellow monastics; some live in small sketes;…

Jul 23, 2014

A Word About Orthodox Apologetics

In the last few weeks, I have had several opportunities to think about Christian Orthodox apologetics. At our Greek festival, for instance, some of the…

Jul 23, 2014