Oratorical Festival Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church


Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Will be held on March 6th, 2022 following Divine Liturgy

"Let us always guard our tongue; not that it should always be silent, but that it should speak at the proper time." ~ Saint John Chrysostom


The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is an opportunity for our young people to learn more about their faith and share their findings with the community by giving a speech, writing an essay or poem, or expressing it through still visual arts. The speech component is judged for 7th-12thgrade, and also has a regional, metropolis, and national level of competition. The topics for the 2022 Junior & Senior Divisions are below along with the registration. 


Junior Division (grades 7-9)

  1. Share what you learned about yourself after a “technology fast” of at least 21 days. What can we learn about our relationship to God and the world by fasting?
  2. In our personal prayer and liturgy, we usually make requests of God. Discuss why we make these petitions and how God fulfills them.
  3. Choose a saint whose life has been important to you or your family. Discuss what you find most inspiring about this saint and what others can learn from how they lived their life.
  4. Discuss how you would share your Orthodox Christian faith with a visitor to your parish.
  5. Discuss your favorite Church service of the year and why it is meaningful to you.
  1. Discuss the significance of Orthodox iconography (historically, symbolically and/or artistically) and how icons enhance our worship.
  2. From the earliest days, Christian worship has been community-based, not only solitary, and Christians formed communities where the members learned from and took care of one another. Why is it important to be part of a Church community, and how is this relevant today?
  3. The Orthodox faithful pray to the saints for physical healing and we have examples of saints like Cosmas and Damian who were doctors. What does this teach us about the Orthodox perspective on faith, health, and medicine?
  4. Discuss ways that a young person can respond to God’s call to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength and one’s neighbor as oneself (see Luke 10:27).
  5. In every Church service, we pray for “peace in the world,” usually many times. Yet, war and violence persist. What is the Orthodox Christian approach to war and violence?