Suffragan Bishop

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Suffragan Bishop. A bishop who holds a supportive role towards the diocesan (Church of England) or metropolitan (Roman Catholic) bishop of their diocese or province.

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Holy Communion / Eucharist

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Holy Communion / Eucharist. The ceremonial eating of bread and drinking wine, symbolic of Christ’s body and blood, to remind Christians that Jesus gave his life to save sinners.

See also: Lord’s Supper (-The)

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Mary (Mother of Jesus)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Mary (Mother of Jesus). The mother of Jesus, also referred to as the Virgin Mary.

See also: Virgin (Mary)

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Bless (Bless the Lord)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bless (in the context to bless/blessing the Lord). To worship God with praise and thanksgiving, recognising that he is worthy of praise. The sign can be used in the song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) written by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman.

See also: Bless (to confer goodness) and Blessing (a prayer of)

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Jerusalem

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Jerusalem. The capital city of Israel.

See also: City of David

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Gnosis

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Gnosis. Salvation through spiritual knowledge is emphasised in a number of religions; gnosis is the Greek word for ‘knowledge’ and is used in eg diagnosis.

See also: Gnostic and Gnosticism

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Vision (Dream)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Vision (Dream). Pictures, sometimes with a narrative, received from God by means of a dream or as an expression of a spiritual gift.

See also: Vision (Aim)

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Graven Image

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Graven Image. An idol; a representation, typically carved, of a god or other being or object that is worshipped.

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Speaking in Tongues / Glossolalia

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Speaking in Tongues / Glossolalia. One of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, which allows a person to praise God, pray or prophesy in a language they have never learned.

Bible references include: Acts 2:4-7

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catholic (small C)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of catholic (small C). When the C is capitalised, Catholic refers to the Catholic Church, or Anglo Catholic. With a lower-case “c,” catholic means “universal” and “inclusive.” It might include a variety of things eg taste in music that embraces a range of genres.

See also: Roman Catholic and Anglo Catholic

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Consecrate / Consecration

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Consecrate / Consecration. When a Christian priest declares bread and wine as representing the body and blood of Jesus Christ and therefore makes them holy. When something is made or declared sacred, for example burial ground, or a church building. When a person is ordained into sacred office, particularly a bishop.

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Calvary

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Calvary. Traditionally believed to be the place where Jesus was crucified. Calvary is sometimes used to mean the whole act of crucifixion of Jesus.

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Locust

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Locust. A large insect that can congregate in massive swarms, destroying crops.

Bible references include: Exodus 10:4, Leviticus 11:22, Deuteronomy 28:38, Judges 6:5, 2 Chronicles 6:28, and Joel 1:4

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Set Apart (by God)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Set Apart (by God). God’s specific plan for each individual Christian; a calling from God to a particularly challenging task, such as entering the monastic life or having a vocation to work in an especially barren area of mission; being enabled to live in relationship with God through his consecration of us.

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Circuit/Round (Methodist)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Circuit/Round (Methodist). A group of local churches served by a team of ministers.

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Far East

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Far East. The countries of Eastern Asia.

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Godlessness

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Godlessness. Living without heed to God’s laws.

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Appoint (Role)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Appoint (Role). To designate a person for a role or task.

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Prophet

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Prophet. Someone inspired by God to declare his words.

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