What is the Purpose of Tres Dias?
Tres Dias is an adult weekend that aims to concentrate closely on the person of Jesus Christ and his teachings. While Tres Dias explores the basic Christian beliefs, it is best described as a spiritual encounter with Christ. Many who have attended the weekend have experienced a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Christ as they sense his love in a dynamic way.
What happens on a Tres Dias weekend?
The Spanish words “TRES DIAS” means “Three Days”. TRES DIAS begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday evening. The Tres Dias weekend is led by a team that is composed of former attendees of a Tres Dias or similar weekend like Cursillo or Walk to Emmaus, who have volunteered their time for months of preparation by working and praying together as a unit. There, in a three day format, you will experience the basics of the Christian life and the meaning of living the Christian ideal and its application in our daily lives. Tres Dias is centered around lay and clergy talks. Table groups discuss each talk. Discourse that develops from these discussions makes Christ’s teachings come alive. The basic atmosphere of Tres Dias is one of love, joy, Christian fellowship, singing, laughing, and worship. Tres Dias makes future Christian experiences more fruitful because of the zestful seasoning it brings to all Christian living. Tres Dias can be made only once in a lifetime. Therefore, it is not a substitute for a retreat, nor does it have the individual solitude of a retreat.
How may I attend a Tres Dias weekend?
All potential Tres Dias attendees must be sponsored to attend this event. After being sponsored, you must obtain the requested signatures on the application form and mail it in.
Who should attend a Tres Dias weekend?
Just as Christ meets you at your point of need, so Tres Dias is designed for those who desire to be strengthened in their faith and to be brought closer to Christ in their discipleship. Tres Dias is for Christians of all denominations. The weekend is not necessarily for new believers, but for those who understand God’s grace. It is especially gratifying for those who are in leadership within the church. There are weekends for men and women. If you are married, the husband must attend first. Wives usually attend a week or two later. Each attendee must be sponsored by someone who has previously attended a Tres Dias or similar weekend.
What is the History of Tres Dias?
Tres Dias was derived from Cursillo de Christianidad, a “short course in Christianity,” which has been an active tool of church renewals since its beginnings in Spain in 1949. Tres Dias was started in America in 1972 and is now overseen by a national organization.
What is the Fourth Day?
One’s life after a Tres Dias weekend is called the Fourth Day. Following Tres Dias, an individual may desire to continue in the strengthening of his or her spiritual life and become a more active disciple of Christ in the world and in the church. Pursuing a relationship with Christ is important. Continued contact with Tres Dias community members on a regular basis will enhance this growth. Reunions of smaller groups are also encouraged so that the participants may help one another in living the Christian life.