Speak with golden words

The St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the release of the 2024 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics, Tips & Resources.

The Topics Tips & Resources includes a bibliography with expansive resources such as books, articles, videos, websites, and liturgical documents. It also includes helpful suggestions to assist participants in brainstorming, developing, and writing their Oratorical Festival speeches. With this document, parents and mentors can better assist participants on the vast range of topics with ease and confidence. Sunday School teachers can guide their students through a discussion on any of the ten topics, and even turn a class into a writing session to encourage all youth to participate in their Church Oratorical Festival.

Speaker Registration
Chairperson Registration
2024 Topics
Tips & Resources

How it works

The Oratorical Festival is divided into the Senior Division (grades 10-12) and Junior Division. (grades 7-9). The participants start at the parish level, which begins in the new year.

Finalists proceed to the Metropolis level, with one finalist from each division advancing to represent our Metropolis at the national finals, which will be held this year on June 7-9, 2024, and hosted by the Metropolis of Detroit and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Buffalo, New York.

Metropolis of Boston Festival

Saturday, May 11th - 9am

Sts. Constantine and Helen

Webster, MA

(all parish festivals to be held prior to this date)

Awards & Scholarships

Participants at the National Finals receive awards from the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Award Fund, ranging from $500 to $2000, and FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. The Chrysostom Scholarship Program of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology also offers scholarships at all four levels of the Oratorical Festival ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 per year.

Our Metropolis of Boston offers scholarships to the Metropolis of Boston Camp to those who advance to the Metropolis Level:

1st place – full scholarship

2nd place – half scholarship

3rd place – quarter scholarship

All participants who make it to the Metropolis festival receive a $100 scholarship towards MBC registration fee.

Contact our 

Metropolis Chairperson 

with any questions

Rev. Fr. Nicholas Livingston

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Woburn MA