Oratorical Festival

Welcome to the Saint Barbara Parish Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Webpage!

The 2019 Festival will be held in the Saint Barbara Church Community Center after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday March 17, 2019. We are planning to make this years festival the biggest and best one yet!

This year the festival will feature essays and poetry in addition to the public speaking competition.

As in the past, we will have three divisions of speeches:

Elementary Division - This division is non-competitive (i.e. no judging) and open to all Saint Barbara Sunday School students. All participants will receive a gift and a certificate.

Students may choose any topic of faith (Jesus, Prayer, Icons, etc.) and speak for 60-90 seconds. Students or groups of students may sing a song or re-enact a Parable or Bible story! Be creative!

Junior Division - Open to Grade 7-9 students of the Saint Barbara Sunday school. Students will write and deliver a three to four minute speech on one of the Junior Division topics. Cash prizes will be offered for the top three speeches. Division finalists will advance to the District Festival at Saint Barbara on Saturday April 6, 2019.  

Senior Division - Open to Grade 10-12 students (and alumni) of the Saint Barbara Sunday school. Students will write and deliver a four to five minute speech on one of the Senior Division topics. Cash prizes will be offered for the top three speeches. Division finalists will advance to the District Festival at Saint Barbara on Saturday April 6, 2019.  

We will have two divisions of essay:

Junior Division - Open to Grade 7-9 students of the Saint Barbara Sunday school. Students will write and submit a 300-400 word essay on one of the Junior Division topics. Prizes will be offered for the top three essays. 

Senior Division - Open to Grade 10-12 students (and alumni) of the Saint Barbara Sunday school. Students will write and submit a 500-600 word essay on one of the Senior Division topics. Prizes will be offered for the top three poems. 

Also, we will have two divisions of poetry:

Junior Division - Open to Grade 7-9 students of the Saint Barbara Sunday school. Students will write and submit a poem in any form (sonnet, open verse, etc.) of between eight and thirty lines on one of the Junior Division topics. Prizes will be offered for the top three poems. 

Senior Division - Open to Grade 10-12 students (and alumni) of the Saint Barbara Sunday school. Students will write and submit a poem in any form (sonnet, open verse, etc.) of between eight and thirty lines on one of the Senior Division topics. Prizes will be offered for the top three poems. 

A student may only participate in one category of the Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival: Speech, Essay or Poetry.

All participants in the Saint Barbara Saint John Chrysostom 2019 Oratorical Festival must register not later than March 9, 2019. Final form essays and poems are due not later than March 9, 2019. Speech draft texts must also be submitted not later than March 9, 2019. This is a firm deadline!

 

2019 SJCOF Topics

Junior Division (Grades 7–9)

  1. Martyrs of the Church and some of the early monastics are both described as “athletes.” What does it mean to be an athlete for Christ?
  2. On January 30th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom. Select one of these Church Fathers and discuss his contribution to the Church.
  3. Discuss the significance of water in the Church – Baptism, Theophany, holy water, etc. – and what this suggests about our responsibility for the natural world.
  4. Discuss the new commandment of John 13:34: “Love one another, even as I have loved you…” What does it mean to love one another as Christ loved us?
  5. In 1 Timothy 6:10, St. Paul writes, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” How should Orthodox Christians relate to money and wealth?

 

Senior Division (Grades 10–12)

  1. Many of the Church’s services employ objects from the natural world (such as wheat, wine, oil, or water) in order to confer a blessing upon the faithful. Why does the Church do this, and what does this suggest about our responsibility for the natural world?
  2. From ancient Greece to the present, politicians have aligned themselves with religious concepts and constituencies. How is an Orthodox Christian to discern whether today’s politicians do this out of genuine piety or in order to manipulate the electorate?
  3. The hymns of the Church contain the whole of its theology. Pick one hymn from the Lenten or Holy Week period and describe how it speaks to you personally.
  4. Describe how science and technology should always be at the service of humanity and, ultimately, of God, in harmony with His purposes.
  5. In view of St. Paul’s exhortation in Colossians 3:16, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,” discuss the importance of being biblically literate today.

 

Please Note:  Everyone who is interested is encouraged to visit the Archdiocesan website for topics, speaker tips, and to view the official festival rules, which have been updated for 2019.

The website is  http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/religioused/sjcof

Keep watching this webpage for more information as the festival date draws near. Feel free to contact Saint Barbara Parish festival co-chairman Steven Yates at syates59@hotmail.com or 860-304-6007.

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