Christmas

British Sign Language (BSL) translations for words and phrases related to advent and Christmas. Our videos are presented by Deaf BSL users who are practising Christians. The presenting team includes professional translators and interpreters, church leaders, and tutors.

Advent Candle

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Advent Candle. A special candle used in some churches and homes during Advent. Traditions vary: eg one candle, marked with the days of the month (as signed here); five candles, with one being lit each Sunday in Advent, etc.

See also: Advent (the season leading up to Christmas) and Advent (Second coming) and Advent Wreath and Wreath

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Advent Wreath

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Advent Wreath. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, a wreath made from greenery and berries is constructed for decoration in some churches. Typically, the Advent wreath forms the base on which the Advent candle is displayed, perhaps with other candles.

See also: Advent (the season leading up to Christmas) and Advent (Second coming) and Advent Candle and Wreath

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Angel Of The Lord

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Angel Of The Lord. At times this phrase seems to refer to a (senior) angel but, at other times, it appears to indicate God himself, rather than God’s messenger.

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Annunciation (-The)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Annunciation. The announcement to Mary and Joseph, by the Angel Gabriel, that Jesus had been conceived.

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Archangel

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Archangel. A senior or principal angel.

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Bethlehem

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bethlehem. The place of Jesus’ birth; also known as the City of David.

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Betrothed

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Betrothed. A couple in a binding agreement or formal contract to marry.

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Bleak

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bleak. Feeling empty; cold and miserable (weather); unwelcoming (place).

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Bray

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bray. Animal cries, especially loud or insistent ones. Sometimes used (disparagingly) about an individual’s voice or manner of speaking.

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Caesar

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Caesar. Roman emperor, for instance, Caesar Augustus was the emperor at the time of Jesus’ birth.

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Christmas / Nowell / Noel

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Christmas / Nowell / Noel. Annual Christian festival, celebrating the birth of Jesus. There is no established Christian sign for Christmas. This is an example of one of many possible signs for Christmas.

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Cradle (Holding)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cradle (Holding). To hold a person, animal or object in one’s arms with care and gentleness.

See also: Cradle / Crib

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Decree

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Decree. An official order.

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Frankincense

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Frankincense. An aromatic resin used in anointing and burnt offerings; symbolises priesthood.

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing in BSL

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing in British Sign Language

Hark The Herald Angels Sing lyric sheet

Key: G major

Signed by Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford
Translation consultant: Gill Behenna
Musical and vocal arrangement: David Luke
Performed by David Luke
Featuring Chris Orton on violin
Original words and music: public domain
Musical and vocal arrangement, performance, and recording copyright: ChristianBSL.com 2020
Video copyright: ChristianBSL.com 2020

Click the purple & white play button on the player above to watch this video. You can download these videos to include them in live-streamed/pre-recorded/in-building church services, Bible studies, school assemblies, workshops, and similar. Find out how.

We have commissioned exclusive musical and vocal arrangements, performances, and recordings and included a buy out in the contract thereby holding the rights to the arrangement, performance and recordings ourselves. We would like to bless those who download our Christmas carol videos to use them without any additional music licences. However, please prayerfully consider making a donation towards our work.

Herald

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Herald. One who goes before, to make a proclamation about a forthcoming event; a happening that is regarded as a sign of something that is going to occur.

See also: Hebrew (Language)

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Host of Angels

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Host of Angels. The army of angels mentioned in the Jewish and Christian Bibles.

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In A Town Called Bethlehem in BSL

In A Town Called Bethlehem in British Sign Language

In A Town Called Bethlehem is our brand new children’s carol, written and composed especially for Christian BSL. This wonderfully catchy song, based on the nativity story, is perfect for Christingle services, all-age worship, carol services, crib services, Sunday schools, children’s groups, nurseries, primary schools, and family Christmases!

But there’s more! Whether you want to play along, sing along, sign along, or just sit back an enjoy we’ve got a version for you. We’ve made all the following available for download: the lyric sheet, the sheet music for piano and guitar, a version of the video without lead vocals, and a version without any music or vocals at all! Great for school choirs, music groups, bands, sing and sign groups, and so many more.

Click the purple & white play button on the player above to watch this video. You can download these videos to include them in live-streamed/pre-recorded/in-building church services, Bible studies, school assemblies, workshops, and similar. Find out how.

In A Town Called Bethlehem lyric sheet


Also available for download (find out how):
PDF: Sheet music for piano and guitar
Video: Complete Version with BSL, captions, music, and full vocals; video
Video: Silent Version with BSL and captions
Video: Backing Version with BSL, captions, backing track, and backing vocals

Coming soon for download: a video with BSL, captions, instrumental tune and backing track


Signed by Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford
Translation consultant: Gill Behenna
Performed by David Luke
Music by David Luke
Lyrics by John Wilson
In association with Tom Pearson
and thanks to Kathryn Pearson and Gill Behenna.

Written and composed 2020. Music, lyrics, musical and vocal arrangement, performance, and recording copyright: ChristianBSL.com 2020
Video copyright: ChristianBSL.com 2020

Our commission of music, lyrics, musical arrangement, vocal arrangement, performance, and recording of In A Town Called Bethlehem included a buy out in the contract which means that Christian BSL holds the rights in their entirety. We would like to bless those who download our Christmas carol videos to use them without any additional music licences. You may photocopy/replicate the lyric sheet and sheet music without any additional licences. However, please prayerfully consider making a donation towards our work.

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