Al Keraza Competition, or “Mahragan AlKeraza”, originated in the motherland of Egypt under the guidance of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. Today, Coptic Orthodox churches from all over the world participate in the competition in many different languages.
Al Keraza Los Angeles Spiritual Competition is the LA Diocese chapter of “Mahragan Al Keraza”, and is similar in nature to the Diocese Youth Spiritual Competition, but for elementary school children. It started in the year 2009 as a way of encouraging our elementary school children to grow in their faith. The competition is used as a fun way of promoting deeper study and understanding in selected areas: Hymns, Coptic Language, Bible Study, and Church Studies.
Through God’s enormous help and the prayers of our blessed shepherd H.G. Bishop Serapion, the previous two years of Al Keraza LA competition have been great success. The competition is a one day event where teams from all over the diocese meet at one of the churches and enjoy a wonderful day of prayer, food and friendly competition.
The first competition took place at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Monica. The initial competition included only two levels, 1st – 2nd grades and 3rd – 5th grades. Other levels, Graduates/Adults levels, were added in 2010. Adult’s competition is in Arabic and English.
In 2011, more elementary school children are allowed to participate on this blessed day.
In 2012, the Elementary school competition is divided into 4 levels: Pre-K and Kindergarten 1st and 2nd Grades 3rd and 4th Grades 5th and 6th Grades
With the prayers of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, The central preparation committee has chosen the 2013 competition theme: “Come To Me”
Regional competition will be hosted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at a church per each Diocese’s region. Regional testing will include all competition materials: Spiritual, Coptic, Memorization and Hymns.
Keraza 2013 Regional Testing will be held at:
- Holy Virgin Mary and Saint Pishoy Coptic Orthodox Church, Los Angeles
- Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, Santa Anna
- Saint Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church, Pomona
- Saint George Coptic Orthodox Church, Bellflower
Keraza 2013 Regional Testing Schedules:
- Holy Virgin Mary Center Schedule
- Archangel Michael Center Schedule
- Saint Maurice Center Schedule
- Saint George Center Schedule
Keraza 2013 Awards Ceremony:
This year, an Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, Covina.
Please refer to Structure of Alkeraza Competition for material download, competition rules, team registrations etc…
If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Boules Baky or e-mail [email protected].