Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival was established in 1983 by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to provide teenagers with an opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program has two levels: a Junior Division for students in the 7th through 9th grades and a Senior Division for those in the 10th through 12th grades.

The top speakers in each division from the parishes advance to the Metropolis level, and the two division finalists represent the Metropolis in the Archdiocese Finals.

Parish finalists in the Metropolis of Denver travel to the host parish and participate in activities throughout the weekend, culminating with the delivery of their speeches before Metropolitan Isaiah, the other participants and their parents, and the judges.

The Archdiocese Department of Religious Education issues an annual manual and festival tips for use by parish and Metropolis Oratorical Festival chairmen, which assist in implementation and provides governance for the event.

The Metropolis of Denver Oratorical Coordinator, Mrs. Maria Georgeton, assists the clergy and Oratorical Festival chairs in facilitating the various parish and Metropolis level festivals. Ms. Georgeton may be reached by phone at 281-468-2220, or at mariageorgeton@gmail.com.

 

2019 Oratorical Festival 2019 Oratorical Festival

The 2019 Metropolis Oratorical Festival will be held April 5-7, 2019 and will be hosted by St. Spyridon Parish in Loveland, Colorado.   Read the welcome letter from Fr. Evan Armatas.

 

Please click HERE for a schedule of the weekend's events

 

Registration will be open from February 15 - March 15, 2019. Cost of Registration is $150

 

Please note: each participant must be accompanied by at least one registered chaperone. 

 

Hotel Information Hotel Information

Oratorical Festival participants and their families will stay at the

Quality Inn and Suites in Loveland, Colorado
1500 N. Cheyenne Ave.
Loveland, CO 80538
(970)593-0200

Please be sure to reserve hotel rooms by March 15 for your parish's participants.  

Hotel Reservations should be made over the phone. Please call Quality Inn and Suites in Loveland, CO. at 970-593-0100 and reference St. Spyridon Orthodox Church to receive the discounted rate. 

For any questions, please contact Oratorical Chairperon, AnnaGrace Knudsten at agknudtsen@saintspyridon.church.

2019 Topics 2019 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. Discus 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.
 

 

Visit the Archdiocese 2019 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival page for additional information.