Oratorical Festival 2022

 

ATTENTION ASCENSION 7th -12th GRADERS! 
Express Your Faith!  Represent your Parish!  Do you like to write?  Draw? Chant? Present your point in front of an audience? Don’t miss the opportunity to show your God-given talents as a writer, speaker, artist and vocalist by participating in the 2022 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. If you are in 7th – 12th grade, you are encouraged to participate in this program, which gives you the opportunity to reflect upon and express what your faith means to you.

The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival is a longstanding tradition that provides a unique opportunity for our youth both to learn about their faith and to display their talents in the areas of Speech, Essay, Poetry, Iconography and Vocal Solo. Those who are successful at their individual parish festivals are invited to participate at the Metropolitan Festival each spring. 

In 2022, Ascension's Mini-Oratorical Festival took place at Ascension on Wednesday, April 6th.  Submissions were submitted by Thursday, March 31st.  

At the Metropolis level, the Metropolis of Chicago 39th Annual Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival was be held on Bright Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee.    All entries were due to the Metropolis by April 11, 2022, following submission first to Ascension.  (Submissions are first submitted on a parish level and those that advance will be asked to complete a registration form and forward their presentations to the Metropolis by April 11, 2022, for review and integration into the April 30th festival!  In order to apply, you must be registered in either the Sunday Church School program, Jr. GOYA/GOYA, or the Girls' Chant group.)  Please contact Desiree Petros, our Parish coordinator, with questions at ddpetros@comcast.net. 

Ascension had six of our young parishioners compete at the Metropolis level Oratorical Festival on Βright Saturday in Milwaukee and all six placed and received awards!

Click HERE to view the 2022 Metropolis Oratorical Program.

2022 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics *

* Click HERE for more information on the topics listed below as well as tips and resources for researching these topics and guidelines for presenting them (length of speech, essay, format for icon and vocal submission).

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.

 

Senior Division (Grades 10–12)


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?

* Click HERE for more information on the topics listed below as well as tips and resources for researching these topics and guidelines for presenting them (length of speech, essay, format for icon and vocal submission).  


** An Information Packet complete with all submission guidelines and evaluation criteria can be found HERE.


4th-6th GRADERS, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU, TOO!
If you are in 4th-6th grade, there's a program for you, too, that helps you reflect about your faith and help you practice for when you are older!  The purpose of the Elementary Division is to offer children the opportunity to express their feelings about their Faith and Church while gaining confidence and laying the groundwork for later participation in the Junior and Senior Divisions.  Click HERE for more information on the Elementary Division Program. 


CHICAGO METROPOLIS FESTIVAL, BRIGHT SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022 @ ANNUNCIATION CHURCH, MILWAUKEE

The Metropolis of Chicago 39th Annual Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival will be held on Bright Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee.  At this time, the Metropolis anticipates an in-person format of spiritual celebration and fellowship for all in attendance.  


NATIONAL ORATORICAL FESTIVAL, JUNE 3 - 5, 2022

With the blessing of Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Archdiocesan National St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival, which includes only the MEtropolis winners, both Junior and Senior, for the Speech category, is scheduled to take place in person durin gthe weekend of June 3-5, 2022, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, Texas.  


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit the Metropolis of Chicago Oratorical Webpage HERE

Visit the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America's official 2022 Oratorical Website HERE

For more information, please contact Ascension's Oratorical Coordinator, Desiree Petros at ddpetros@comcast.net.


 

2021 ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

LAST YEAR. ASCENSION'S PARISH-LEVEL ORATORICAL FESTIVAL TOOK PLACE AFTER LITURGY on April 11, 2021.  It was a blessing to hear our youth inspire and teach us as they offered their unique point of view about the Christian Faith!  Their speeches, essays, poetry, chanting, and iconography were truly inspiring! We congratulate all 11 of our participants and thank our 3 judges who joined us from other parishes.  A special thank you to the parents who encouraged our youth to participate in this important component of our community’s religious education. More information on the Oratorical program can be found below. 

A recording of this year's Oratorical program is available HERE and photos from this joyous event are posted in our website gallery HERE.  Submissions from the Jr and Sr Divisions (grades 7-12) that advance will present at the Metropolis of Chicago's Oratorical festival on Bright Saturday, May 8.

Click HERE to view the 2021 Metropolis Level Program Book.