There will be three entry categories, with prizes being awarded to the top winner of each: 1) High School Students, 2) University Students/Graduates, and 3) Adults (30 years and up). The text will be available in Arabic and English, and the contestants can choose which language to read the book and write the essay in. As with most distance learning courses, there will be two required in-house lectures: The first will be on Preparation Sunday (First Sunday of Great Lent [February 26th]), in which the books will be distributed to the participants, and the major themes of the text will be introduced along with the essay topics and rules. The second lecture will be held on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (Fourth Sunday of Great Lent [March 18th]), in which questions regarding the text may be addressed, and a further discussion on the themes will be had.
The contest will span the duration of Great Lent (February 20th to April 14th), with the submission of the essays being on the Feast Day of the Holy Resurrection (April 15th). There will be an entry fee (to be determined) that will be due upon signing up, which will cover the cost of the books, and the remainder of which will go towards the funding of the ongoing land project. The deadline for signing up will be on Sunday, February 19th, following the second Divine Liturgy.
· Contest Rules and Details
The contest rules and details will be outlined during the first in-house lecture on Preparation Sunday (First Sunday of Great Lent, February 26th). To sign up for the contest, please see Ramez Rizkalla following both the first and second Divine Liturgies on Sunday, February 12th and Sunday, February 19th. The deadline for signing up for the contest is Sunday, February 19th, following the second Divine Liturgy. Please click here to view the Contest's Brochure.
Please click here to view Essay Context Evaluation Scheme.
Please click here to view Essay Questions.
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