Cursillo Vocabulary

Abrazo

Cocineros

Clausura

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The Spanish custom of greeting with an embrace. Often used by those who have made a Cursillo

Clausura

Cocineros

Clausura

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Literally a "closing." A ceremony marking the “closing of the separation" between the Weekend Cursillo Community and the larger Cursillo Community. NOT simply the end of a Three Day Weekend.

Cocineros

Cocineros

Cursillista

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The cooks. Those volunteers on the Three Day Weekend who prepare meals, serve, clean, pray, sing and in many ways entertain and amuse.

Cursillista

“Cursillo de Christianidad”

Cursillista

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One who has "made" a Cursillo Weekend; who has participated in the festivities of the Three Days.

Cursillo

“Cursillo de Christianidad”

“Cursillo de Christianidad”

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A Spanish word meaning a "short course" or "little course." This does not mean a "school" course; rather a "race" or "ship's" course.

“Cursillo de Christianidad”

“Cursillo de Christianidad”

“Cursillo de Christianidad”

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The full title of the movement, meaning "short courses in Christian living." ("running" or 'sailing" courses — NOT "school" type courses)

De Colores

The title of a children's song about the many colors of the things that they enjoy. It is sometimes used as a greeting within the Cursillo community.

Decuria

A term used for the Rollo Room tables and the groups at them that are formed for discussion and sharing. The name originally applied to the ten tables used at the earliest Cursillo in Spain.

Group Reunion

A meeting of friends on a regular basis to share their lives together as Christians.

Mananitas

A custom among the Spanish of waking friends to share their lives together as Christians.

Palanca

The prayer and sacrifice offered to God in petition for some grace. The Spanish meaning is "lever," (which allows a person to move something otherwise beyond his or her strength, a prayer and sacrifice allow an apostle to accomplish more than he or she could without God's help.

Rector or Rectora

The lay leader who directs the activities of the Three Day Weekend.

Rollo

Roltista

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A long, boring talk or sermon read from a roll of paper (from which the name is derived); applied jokingly to the short interesting talks given at Cursillo.

Roltista

Roltista

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One who gives such a short talk; the "professor."

Ultreya

Roltista

Ultreya

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A Spanish word of greeting or encouragement to persevere. Also a term which indicates a larger gathering of Cursillistas to share with one another their burdens and victories in their walk with Christ; to encourage one another to persevere and advance in that walk.