St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

March 27th, 2021

Deadline for video submissions is March 24th, 2021 (Note new extended date)

Be bold! Speak the truth in love!  (Eph 4:15)

Dear Sunday School Parents, Middle School and High School Students,

We are excited to announce the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will still be held this year.  We know that many of our young people are looking forward to speaking about our Orthodox Faith, and in order to make this happen, we have made some adjustments.  This year speakers will record their speeches via smartphone, tablet or computer and then submit their videos to be judged. If public speaking is something you are not really confident about, maybe the idea of recording your speech to submit is something you might try!

Junior Division - Grades 7-9
Senior Division - Grades 10-12

The submission deadline is quickly approaching, so to participate this year, you must do the following:

1) Let your parish Chairperson know that you are planning to participate. Email:  Ann Davis at

2) Register at the archdiocese on this form

3) Select a topic from here at and prepare your speech. 

4) Record your speech for video submission by March 24, 2021. Video submission details will be provided to participants who complete Steps 1-2.

5) On March 27, speakers will join a brief, online Zoom presentation in the afternoon and our Pacific NW District finalists will be announced (2 Senior Division, 2 Junior Division).

6) Holy Trinity Parish finalists will move on to the next level and submit their videos by April 3 to the Pacific NW District Oratorical Festival for judging (details to follow).

Be sure to check out the Metropolis

Please contact Parish Chair Ann Davis at with questions.
Cell:  503-730-0796 

Video Guidelines for the 2021 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Speeches * : 

This year's video oratorical festival will be like previous in-person festivals where the focus is the speech and the speaker’s delivery. When you record your video, please use these guidelines:

1) Film the speech holding the video device in a landscape/horizontal position.
2) Keep the background simple. (Example: a painted wall or a closed door)
3) Do not add any video effects. As with the in-person format, props are not allowed.
4) State your division and topic number and read the topic before beginning the speech. (Example: “Senior Division, Topic #2, ………..)
5) Use the following greeting: “Brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet you!”
6) Do not make any identifiable personal references such as naming yourself, your priest, your city or your parish.
7) Dress in church attire.

*These guidelines are for the Junior (grades 7-9) and Senior (grades 10-12) Divisions.

History of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:

  • 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 top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.

All eighteen finalists at the Archdiocese Finals participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the top speakers. 


Images from 2019 Oratorical Festival