SAINT NIKOLAI OF ZICHA
The 2014 Oratorical Festival theme is:
“The Greater The Struggle,
The More Glorious The Triumph!”
Thank you for your interest in St. Nikolai of Zicha Oratorical Festival 2014. We are happy to provide you with the information that will guide you in this spiritual journey and that will enrich your life as an Orthodox Christian teen.
Please read all instructions carefully. If after reading everything you have any questions, we suggest you contact your local parish priest or the Director of Christian Education Department, Fr. Bratso Krsic, at 619-316-2362 or FrBratso@sbcglobal.net.
May our Lord bless you and guide you in this blessed endeavor!
What is St. Nikolai of Zicha Oratorical Festival?
St. Nicholai of Zicha Oratorical Festival is a triennial oratorical contest in which the youth of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, ages 14-18, are given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the Orthodox faith, their writing and oratorical skills in the English language.
Is this the first Oratorical Festival?
St. Nikolai of Zicha Oratorical Festival 2014 is the fourth contest for the Western American Diocese. The first took place in San Gabriel (at diocesan level) in 2006 and later in Detroit (at the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America level) where each diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church was represented by one oratorical festival delegate. The second contest took place in San Marcos (at diocesan level) in 2009 and then in Canton, Ohio (at the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America level) where each diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church was represented by one oratorical festival delegate. The third one took place at St. Steven's Cathedral during the Diocesan Days celebration, August 31, 2013.
How does the initial competition work?
The three member committee will select the three best written essays and invite their authors to come to Jackson, CA, on Saturday, August 30th, 2014, to compete for the first place on the diocesan level during Diocesan Days celebration 2014. The scholarships will be awarded only for the first, second and third place.
Where do I submit my entry?
Please submit your entry text as a Microsoft Word document and e-mail it to Protinica Sandra Ceko, our diocesan secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 1st, 2014.
Please, submit your résumé and the “Permission to Travel” form.
Also, we ask you to submit a brief personal résumé (including full name, age, parish, and city, grade in school, church school, and civic activities, awards, future vocational goals or plans, etc.) and the “Permission to Travel” form. The forms are included at the end of this section.
Whom do I contact for additional information?
Please contact our diocesan coordinator—Fr. Bratso Krsic, the Director of the Diocesan Department of Christian Education. His contact information is: ph. 619-316-2362; e-mail: FrBratso@sbcglobal.net.
Please, give me more information about the text itself, e.g. length, how to organize it.
• First, you should know that your written text of oration will be judged on the following criteria: how the theme was developed, subject adherence, and overall organization of the text, usage and grammar, creativity.
• Second, the length of your written text should not be more than 1100 words or 10 minutes of oration. The text can be anywhere from 600 – 1100 words or 6 to 10 minutes of oration.
• Third, we suggest that you memorize a great portion of your oration. This will help you to look at your audience during the presentation. You will be expected to present your oration at a regional meeting, which will be announced by your diocesan coordinator.
• Fourth, the body of your text has to be well developed, i.e. your opening statement has to be very strong; the main body of your text has to have the theme well developed, and the conclusion also has to be strong and clear to your audience that you have finished your oration.
Here is more information for written text:
- All orators must be Communicants in a parish or mission of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.
- Each contestant must currently be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in High School.
- Text must be typewritten - double-spaced, using 8 ½ x 11 paper. Participants must submit their entry via e-mail as well as mail a paper copy to the regional diocese coordinator.
- A brief personal résumé (including full name, age, parish, and city, grade in school, church school, and civic activities, awards, future vocational goals or plans, etc.) using the form at the end of this section must be submitted with your written text.
- The “Permission to Travel” form must also be submitted with the written text. If chosen to be a finalist on the diocesan level, the entrant must participate in the second phase of the competition which is the oral presentation phase (in Jackson, CA, Sat. Aug. 30th, 2014).
Important to keep in mind if your written oration is selected for oral presentation: As you write your oration, please keep in mind that if your written text is selected and you will deliver your oration, there are time limits to which you must adhere. Time limits for orations when delivered are as follows:
If the orator speaks BEYOND the leeway time, nine (9) points, divided amongst the three judges, will be deducted from his/her final score. An additional nine (9) points will be deducted each time that leeway is exceeded.
- In the oral presentation:
b. Since the oration is a speech, not a sermon, contestants are NOT to use the opening: “In the name of the Father…”
2014 Festival Theme
“The Greater The Struggle, The More Glorious The Triumph!”
(Choose only ONE of the questions as the FOUNDATION for your Oration)
- How does the Orthodox Faith view trials and tribulation (eg., suffering) in relation to one’s spiritual growth and salvation?
- Does the Orthodox Faith affirm that suffering (in any form) lead to rewards in Eternal life?
- What does the Holy Scriptures say about suffering and its impact on our human condition? (List at least four references….)
Use any one (or combination of) to formulate your essay response
(1) What is suffering in the Orthodox Faith?
(2) Is there a difference between physical suffering and any other type of suffering in relation to one’s spiritual growth?
(3) Does the Sacrament of Holy Unction impact the trial of suffering one is experiencing; if so, how?
(4) How important is one’s personal Faith in the alleviation of suffering in their life?
(5) What should the ideal outlook be toward enduring suffering in one’s life?
(6) Is there a difference between the human ‘goal’ in suffering and the ‘Christian’ one?
Bibliography: the following resources can be used to assist you in your paper (It would be beneficial for you to counsel with your Spiritual Father/Parish Priest who can assist you with other resources)…
- A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality, Volume I, by St. Nikolai of Zhica;
Translated by Frs. Theodore Micka and Steven Scott, published 1988.
- A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality, Volume II, The Faith of
Chosen People, by St. Nikolai of Zhica, pgs. 39ff; translated by Frs. Theodore
Micka and Steven Scott, published 1988.
- Soul Mending - The Art of Spiritual Direction, by John Chryssavgis, copyright
2000, Holy Cross Press.
- The Pain: An Orthodox Scriptural & Patristic Approach, by Georgia Kounavi,
Translated by Fr. Constantine Andrews, STM; Apostoliki Diakonia, 1994.
-Finding God in Time of Sorrow & Despair, by Fr. Anthony Coniaris; copyright
1996, Light & Life Publishing Co.
- The Theology of Illness, by Jean-Claude Larchet, translated by Frs. John and
Michael Breck; copyright 2002, SVS Press.
- The Main Issues in BioEthics, revised edition, by Andrew Varga, copyright 1984
By Paulist Press.
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