- Love. Especially, Christian love.
- Agape Meal (Via De Christo):
- On Saturday evening (the day of the Easter service) Rainbow had an agape
feast in celebration of our Lord's ressurection. The dinner table is formed
in the shape of a cross (where possible), festively decorated, and dinner is
enjoyed to candlelight. During dessert, the community enters (usually 50-70
people) and "serenade" the pilgrims and team. Niagra Falls is
- a closing. On Sunday evening the witness and support of the veteran
cursillistas at the close of the three days.
- Cross Ceremony (Via De Christo):
- right before closing the pilgrims and team gather in chapel. The Weekend
Leader calls out the names of the new pilgrims, who come forward. A cross is
placed around their neck by one of the Pastors with the words "Christ
is Counting on You" to which the new pilgrim responds "And I am
counting on Him". Lots of hugs follow. Nice, moving conclusion of the
weekend experience right before the actual Closing.
- a short course of lectures.
- Cursillo de Christianidad:
- Full title of the movement, meaning a short course of lectures in
Christian living. Cursillos de Christianidad does indeed mean a short course
in Christian living, but it doesn't refer to a course of instruction
(lectures). Rather, it means a short running course (such as St. Paul's
admonition to run the good race). It is something to experience, not just to
understand intellectually, which is implied in thinking of a course of
instruction. Further, the talks or rollos should never be prepared as
lectures, but as a sharing of life experience by those who are using the
- A person who has taken a short course of study, or made the three days.
- De Colores:
- of colors. The life of grace has many colors. De Colores - it means the
many colors which represent all of these weekends. They are so colorful, it
really makes you happy.
- careful attention. The small group of cursillistas at the three days which
is formed for discussions and summaries.
- Dying Moments:
- Our Emmaus community just changed to this name, which I think is widely
used in Cursillo, from calling it the service of confession and healing. We
do it on Saturday afternoon.
- Grace Mat:
- an 8.5"x17" piece of white paper that has been decorated usually
with Bible Verses, or special sayings like "De Colores" and
pictures perhaps from coloring books or magazine cut-outs or comic strips or
just anything that can have a funny or serious message and they are used as
place mats at each meal for each participant. People pray over them so that
certain verses will apply to the people who get each grace mat. There are
also special grace mats that are made for each participant that utilizes
some special word...mine was LEADER..and is different for each
participant--but this is done by the palanca people at that weekend. The
other grace mats are general and can be done by anyone!
- A popular song sung early in the morning to celebrate a saint's day,
- According to Bonnin, the original Cursillo weekend did not have Las
Mananitas. In 1966 (or 1967), Bonnin was invited to talk to a weekend at
Mexico and he was supprised with Las Mananitas on Sunday morning. However,
he liked the idea and brought back to Spain, but Cursillistas at Spain
rejected it. Few years later, Las Mananitas was accepted and was part of the
weekend in Spain. He said OK to have Las Mananitas, but remember that it not
the authentic of three days.
Lever or Wedge, used for carrying a load, influence. The prayer and
sacrifice which is offered to God in petition for grace. The lever allows a
person to move something beyond his/her strength, as prayer and sacrifice
allow an apostle to accomplish more than he/she would be capable of
Palanca is that which can be used to move something large and immobile.
On our team, the Spiritual director handed out small wedges on strings for
us to wear, to remind us that "palanca" is a wedge, a means to
create change and movement.
- a talk that is heavily anecdotal and experiential.
- One who gives a rollo, called speakers, professors, instructors.
- Fourth Day:
- Well, that's every single day after your walk, whether Emmaus, Cursillo,
Chrysalis, Via De Christo, whichever.
- something beyond. The monthly meeting linking all cursillistas in an area
that is the visible Christian community of the Cursillo. Also used as an
exclamation, as at the end of a fourth day talk, "Ultreya!", or
"Onward!" Often called a Gathering in the Emmaus movement. At
least regionally (there is some difference of opinion here) Chrysalis
community uses the phrase, "Fly With Christ" as their motto, much
like the De Colores and Ultreya that the other communities use. The
Challenge movement uses "Maranatha!" (which in English means
"Come, Lord Jesus") as their greeting (used in the same was as
"De Colores" is used).
Some movements have tried to "demystify" the movement by changing
some of the Spanish terms to words that are more familiar to English speakers.
In addition, the Roman Catholic Cursillo has changed the names of some of talks,
as explained below.
The change in Piety, Study, Action, is only for the RC Movement. The terms
were changed to "Holiness, Formation and Evangelization" in order to
fit in with the terminology used by the Catholic Church. In this case with
particular regard to a Vatican II document named "Evangelization in the
Modern World" The RC Cursillo is a movement of the church and as such
always strives to stay as closely in step with its teachings and language as
Rector = Weekend Leader
Spiritual Director = Pastor
Rollo = Talk
Rollo Room = Talk Room
Habitual Grace = Grace
Actual Grace = Grace, Too!
Cursillista = Pilgrim
Team Member = Pilgrim
Clausura = Closing
Decuria = Poster Presentation
Cha cha = Gopher
Professor = Table Leader
Reunion Group = small group, sharing group, prayer group, etc.