Information & Instructions
ALL ENTRIES DUE MAY 8 2021!
You may view or download a PDF of all materials related to the 2021 UOL Essay Contest as shown directly below.
Introduction Letter > Letter Here
2021 Essay Topics > Topics Here
2021 Cover Sheet > Cover Sheet Here
2021 UOL Essay Contest Rules > Rules Here
2021 UOL Essay Information in Ukrainian > In Ukrainian Here
Please give this information to your Church school students, Junior and Senior UOL members, and all of your parishioners. The theme for this year’s UOL convention is:
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – Corinthians 2:5-7
The topics for the essay contest are based on the Divine Liturgy. All entries will be judged for content, creativity, and neatness. Please refer to the enclosed rules and guidelines that must be followed. Entries may be submitted in either English or Ukrainian, which ever you are more comfortable with. All entries are to be mailed to:
UOL Essay Contest
C/O Teresa Linck
413 Juniper Lane
Cheshire, CT 06410
Or email to email@example.com
All entries must be postmarked no later than May 8, 2021. Emailed entries must be time stamped no later than 7:00 PM of the deadline date. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. All first, second, and third place winners will be announced and awarded icons at the UOL convention in Philadelphia. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email.
Thank you for your support!
In Christ’s Love,
Teresa Linck, Essay Contest Chairperson
Category A/Kindergarten: The Prokimen in the 3rd Tone says “Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” Draw a picture of your church choir singing praises to our God.
Category B/Grades 1 and 2: At the end of Liturgy the priest says a prayer that includes: “For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from Thee, the Father of Lights…” Draw a picture and write 2 to 5 sentences showing and telling us, what good gifts you have received from God.
Category C/Grades 3 and 4: In the Lord’s Prayer we say: “…and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…” Write 50 to 100 words on why it is so important that we forgive those that trespass against us.
Category D/Grades 5 and 6: The First Antiphon, as sung on the major Feast Days of our Church, includes the refrain: “Through the prayer of the Theotokos, O Savior save us.” Why do you think it is important for us to pray to Theotokos to ask Her to pray for us? Write 125 or more words explaining your answer.
Category E/Grades 7 and 8: During the Great Litany, the Priest or Deacon prays for “Our God-loving and God-protected Country, America, for the government and for the Armed Forces and for our God-loving and God-protected homeland Ukraine.” Write 150 or more explaining why it is important to do this and pray for the country.
Category F/Grades 9 and 10: During the Great Litany, the Priest or Deacon prays, “For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.” Write 200 words or more on what this means to you.
Category G/Grades 11 and 12: On the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the Kondak/Kontakion says: “Let us flee from the Pride of the Pharisee and learn humility from the Publican’s tears.” Write 250 words or more explaining how it is so difficult for people living today to follow these words of our Lord.
Category H/Adults: During the Supplicating Litany, the Priest or Deacon says: “A Christian ending to our life: painless, blameless, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgement seat of Christ…” What does this phrase mean to you and have you ever thought about how your own preparation for a Christian ending and the dread judgement seat of Christ? Write 500 words or more sharing your thoughts.
CONTEST GUIDELINES AND RULES
- Entries must be postmarked by May 8, 2021.
- NO NAMES ON THE FRONT OF ANY ENTRY.
- All entries must include the following information: (PLEASE USE THE COVER PAGE SUPPLIED) Download HERE
- Participant’s first and last name
- Age and grade in school
- The name and address of participant’s parish, including city and state
- Drawings must be no larger than 12 x 18 and NO names on the front of drawing. Please attach a COVER PAGE or use the BACK of the drawing for the information listed above. All drawings MUST be mailed.
- Written entries must be on 8 ½” x 11” paper. Include a cover page with the identifying information listed above. Entries for 9th grade and above must be typed or printed.
- Emailed entries must be scanned in and emailed, SO DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS OF ENTRIES AND EMAIL THEM, THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO READ AND WILL NOT BE JUDGED. Emailed entries must be time stamped no later than 7:00 PM of the deadline date.
Entries may be submitted in English or Ukrainian.
ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED FOR CONTENT, CREATIVITY AND NEATNESS.
No entries will be accepted after the previously mentioned deadlines.
Please send entries to
Teresa Linck: 413 Juniper Lane, Cheshire, CT 06410
Teresa Linck at: firstname.lastname@example.org