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The Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas announces the eighth edition of the

RELIGION OLYMPICS

April 2 & May 14

 

The Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas announces the eighth edition of the Religion Olympics. Religion Olympics is a competition of excellence that addresses children with skills and special interests to Religion, from the parishes of our Metropolia. Participation in the Olympics is optional and individual. Children between 8-18 years enrolled or not in the Parochial schools program may participate in the Olympics in one of the two age groups.           

 These categories are:

• Between 8-12 years old

• Between 13-18 years old

The 2017 Religion Olympics will have the theme: “The role of spiritual models. Holiness- man’s fulfillment”

Stages, dates and venues of the Olympics

           Local Stage (parish)

 • Will be held on Sunday April 2, 2017 Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent.    
 • The associated parishes (if applies) can also participate at this stage.
 • Olympics are recommended to take place after the Divine Liturgy.

           Metropolitan Center Stage

 • Will be held on May 14, 2017 the Fifth Sunday after Pascha.

 • Metropolitan centers and surrounding parishes are:

            • Eastern USA- will be hosted by St. Dumitru Monastery, Middletown  NY (NYC, Rochester, Syracuse, Philadelphia, Reading, Norfolk, Rockaway, Worcester, Southbridge, Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, San Antonio*)      
            • Central USA- will be hosted by Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, Troy MI (Detroit, Troy, Windsor, Cleveland, Chicago, Fort Wayne, Lansing, South St. Paul)           
            • Western USA* (Los Angeles, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Hayward, Torrance, Seattle)   
            • Edmonton* (Boian, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, New Westminster, Saskatoon)            
            • Toronto area- will be hosted by Sts. Peter and Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Kitchener ON (Ontario parishes less parishes in Windsor and Ottawa)
            • Montreal area- will be hosted by St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Montreal QC  (Quebec parishes plus Ottawa)

            * Due to the distances between the metropolitan centers, the Board of Education has developed few years back for Western USA and Canada and the parishes from the south of USA, a different way to participate, according to the Olympics Regulation.

The Theme for the Olympics, both on local and metropolitan stage, consists on curriculum for the Parochial Schools of the Metropolia for the 2016/2017 school year.

 It reads as follows:

- For the group between 8-12 years old:

 

Group Age B (8-12 yo)

Sept.

The Divine Revelation. What is the Holy Scripture or the Bible? How do we read the Bible? (God makes Himself known to people. Different paths for the divine revelation. Exercises for searching a text in the Holy Scripture.)

 

Divine revelation in the Old and the New Testament (preparing the world for the coming of the Messiah/ the revelation of the Holy Trinity through the Son’s coming —the Savior Jesus Christ)

Oct.

God - Creator:

A. Creation of the world and man – the days of the Creation

 

B. The state of the first people in Heaven  - Knowing God through His nature and grace/ the union with Him (Genesis 1 and 2)

 

C. The separation of the first people from God (and its consequences) through sin (Genesis 3) – distancing from the true knowledge of God; the original sin; how do we inherit it; liberation from it through Baptism and repentance; the consequences of the original sin; protoevangelion.

Nov.

Cain and Abel – the mankind sinks even more in sin (Genesis 4&5)

 

Noah’s Flood – God saves the world from total destruction; God’s covenant with Noah (Genesis 7-8)

Abraham and the Three Angels at the oak from Mamvri  God’s covenant with Abraham (Genesis 14& 15) God reveals Himself to Abraham (Genesis 18)

 

Abraham and Isaac – testing of the faith. The veiled representation of the Son’s Sacrifice. (Genesis 21-22)

Dec.

Jacob’s Ladder – God’s covenant with Jacob. (Genesis 28) The ladder on which the man ascends toward God through virtues. The foreboding of God’s birth from the Virgin Mary.

Nativity

Christmas play

Jan.

Joseph and his brothers – the sacrificing love for the neighbor’s benefit. The veiled representation of Christ Sacrifice for people. (Genesis 37-44)

 

The liberation of the Hebrew people from the Egyptian slavery, through Moses:

A. Moses’s childhood and his call to mission; the burning bush

 

B. The liberation of the Hebrew people from the Egyptian slavery (the plagues and the sacrifice of the lamb) - The veiled representation of our redemption through Jesus Christ.

Feb.

C. The miraculous crossing of the Red Sea; comparison between the Passover and Pascha (Exodus 1-15 selective)

 

D. Decalogue – God’s covenant with the Hebrew people through Moses. The chosen people, the veiled representation of the Church(Exodus 19-24) - recap of the ten commandments.

 

David and Goliath – humility and pride. S The veiled representation of Jesus Christ Who defeated the evil one through humility  (1 Kings 17)

 

The King and Prophet David. The Lord’s Passion foretold in David’s Psalms(2 Kings; Psalms - selective)

The themes written in black are for local stage (parish). Add blue threads to the previous ones for the metropolitan center stage.

- For the group between 13-18 years old:

 

Group Age C (13-18 y)

Sept.

Holiness- man’s fulfillment– what it means that God is Holy; man’s call to become holy as God is; faith, ascetics’ (willingly refraining from passions and acquiring virtues/ fulfillment of the commandments) receiving the divine grace;

 

Jesus Christ – the Saint of all Saints. The role of spiritual models to arrive at the Christian ideal of holiness —  He gave Himself as a model; following Christ through fulfilling God’s will/ caring the personal cross, like He did; we learn from our ancestors, the saints; how we can become saints; the necessity of having a spiritual father; examples of spiritual kinship (St. Siluan the Athonite - St. Sophron Saharov – father Rafail Noica; or St. Nichifor from solitude – St. Gregory Palama or others);

 

Oct.

Venerating the saints in the Orthodox Church - knowing the Saint’s life, icon, venerating the holy relics, prayers, having the Saint as a patron, but mostly following their example. The Church’s rules regarding canonizing saints. 

 

The Holy Virgin Mary - The Mother of God. Biography; inter-confessional differences; veneration - feast days in her honor, iconographic representations, prayers.

Nov.

Miracles of the Theotokos- examples of her interceding are power for all Christians.

 

The Great Martyr Minas (Nov. 11) - Christ’s soldier, life and miracles

Dec.

The Holy Hierarch Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra, wonder-worker (Dec. 6) (humility - a virtue with delivering power)

 

St. Archdeacon Stephen – the first Christian martyr (Dec.27) (the sacrificial love of God and of people- following the Lord’s example)

 

Christmas play

Jan

St. Anthony the Great, the beginner of the monastic life (Jan.17) Monastic vocation (the goal and approach of monastic life)

 

St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Cappadocia (Jan.1, Jan.30) (Almsgiving: what is the true almsgiving)

Feb.

St. John Cassian from Dobrogea (Feb.29) The seven deadly sins (and the spiritual remedies that heal them) (2 lessons)

 

St. Pantelimon, Great Martyr and healer (Jul.27)

The themes written in black are for local stage (parish). Add blue threads to the previous ones for the metropolitan center stage.

 

At the metropolitan stage, the first prize brings free participation in the Metropolia summer camp of 2017 in Allegan, Michigan. Each parish and metropolitan center will have a precise regulation to clarify the conduct of the Olympics. More information can be obtained from Father Daniel Ene, the Eparchial Secretary and the Chairman of the Education Commission of our Holy Metropolia.

Good Luck to all!

 

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