2020 Oratorical Festival



Send completed registration forms to Eleni Demirtzoglou - eleni.demirtzoglou@stgeorgehollywood.org 


About the Festival

The St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival was created by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education in 1983 to provide junior and senior high school students an opportunity to research and to prepare a short speech on one of a predetermined set of topics and talk about their faith. There are parish, district, and Metropolis Festivals, culminating in the Archdiocese Festival.

Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
Senior Division for student in grades 10–12



The purpose of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is to give teenagers an opportunity to learn, write, and speak about their Orthodox Faith, Church, and Heritage. This process will enhance their understanding and appreciation of their identity as Greek Orthodox Christians, and cultivates spiritual growth and maturity. The overall Oratorical program is called an Oratorical Festival rather than a contest to minimize the competitive spirit and emphasize a joyful learning experience.

For further information and links: https://www.goarch.org/-/st-john-chrysostom-oratorical-festival 

2019 Important Documents


Elementary Division Information - COMING SOON

Participant Packet and Information - COMING SOON

Registration Form - COMING SOON


2020 Topics for Junior and Senior Divisions (Elementary simply pick a topic - favorite icon or Saint, Why you love your Parish, etc based on age/ability)

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?