2020 Oratorical Festival

MARCH 29, 2020

All Sunday School students are encouraged to offer a
speech, essay, iconography, vocal solo or poem at the festival!
The program is divided into three divisions:

Elementary: Grades K-6

Junior: Grades 7-9

Senior: Grades 10-12

Junior and Senior division winners will compete in the
Metropolis Oratorical festival at
Saints Peter & Paul Church, Glenview, IL, on April 25, 2020.

Please contact Mary Bouras at
314-799-2989 or natsism@hotmail.com
for more information


Junior Division (Grades 7–9)

  1. The Orthodox Church honors the Virgin Mary as the Theotokos. Discuss the role she plays in the Church and as a role model for all Christians.
  2. Christ and many Church Fathers often criticized the wealthy. Do Christians need to live a life of poverty? Is it a sin to live a comfortable life?
  3. “Lord have mercy” is the most repeated phrase in the Divine Liturgy. What does it mean to truly have mercy?
  4. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3). Discuss the importance of reading Scripture in your life.
  5. The theme of the upcoming 2020 Clergy–Laity Congress is “the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Discuss the way St. Paul defines love in this important chapter of the Bible.

Senior Division (Grades 10–12)

  1. Discuss how the separation of church and state benefits us as Orthodox Christians in the United States.
  2. In his enthronement address, Archbishop Elpidophoros said, “We are all deacons.” Discuss the importance of being a deacon – a servant – in the Church.
  3. Discuss the significance of Constantinople in Church history and the struggles Orthodox Christians in Constantinople face today.
  4. How have modern-day saints from the past 100 years, from St. Nektarios to St. Paisios and others, helped Orthodox Christians live their lives today? 
  5. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). How might Orthodox Christians put this command into practice?

Iconography (Junior and Senior Divisions)

The subject of your icon must be Jesus Christ and/or the Theotokos, or a singular saint of the Orthodox Church, and you must use either Byzantine or Russian style iconography. No Feast Day or multiple figure icons will be judged, nor icons of any subject using Western style. All participants are expected to have prepared their own icons. These requirements are the same for both the Junior and Senior Divisions.

Vocal Solo (Junior and Senior Divisions)

Please contact Mary Bouras for a list of the hymns.

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