St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
March 27th, 2021
Deadline for video submissions is March 24th, 2021 (Note new extended date)
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.