History and Purpose
Tirosh is patterned after the adult Cursillo/Via de Cristo movement. Tirosh is the name chosen for the Teen Movement because it symbolizes God’s grace and blessings in a new life in Jesus Christ.
Tirosh has its roots deeply planted in the Cursillo/Via de Cristo Movement, and it is similar in that it is also a three-day spiritual retreat that provides the participants the opportunity to expand their faith, to experience Christian love and support, and to renew their commitment to Jesus Christ.
The content of the three days focuses on God’s grace, how to experience Jesus Christ as Friend, Savior and Lord, and how to respond to Christ’s call to discipleship.
The Meaning of Tirosh
In Old Testament times, God’s promises of blessings were accompanied by a promise of grain and new wine. Many times grain and new wine were the “first fruits” offered as tithes to God. Jesus broke bread and blessed the wine at the first communion.
The symbolism of new wine has rich meaning in both the Old and New Testaments, and it is associated with God’s best, abundant blessings and new life in Jesus Christ.
Tirosh (te-roshe) is the Hebrew word for new wine. It is used forty times in the Old Testament as a symbol of God’s blessings and new life in Him. The word Tirosh appears in sixteen books of the Old Testament from Genesis to Zechariah and it is always associated with God’s grace, abundant blessings, and the offering of “first fruits” to Him.