Life Events

British Sign Language (BSL) signs relating to life event services and ceremonies; such as Christenings/Baptisms/Dedications, Confirmations, Bar Mitzvahs, Weddings/Marriage, and Funerals

Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised. The ceremony of marking someone (child or adult) with water on the head, to show they have made a full commitment to Jesus Christ.

See also: Baptism / Baptize / Christening (Infant) and Baptism / Baptize (Full Immersion)

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Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised. The Roman Catholic sign for the ceremony of marking someone with water on the head, to show they have made a full commitment to Jesus Christ.

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Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised (Full Immersion)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised (Full Immersion). The ceremony of immersing a person (usually adult, although some churches will baptize children if they are able to declare their faith) in water to show they have made a full commitment to Jesus Christ. Jesus himself was baptized by full immersion in the River Jordan.

Bible references include: Matthew 3:13-17

See also: Baptism / Baptize / Christening (Infant) and Baptism / Baptize

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Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised / Christening (Infant)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised / Christening (Infant). The ceremony of marking an infant or child with water as a promise to bring them up in the Christian faith and as a sign of their parents’ and godparents’ faith in Jesus Christ. Churches that practice infant baptism consider it to be a sacrament.

See also: Baptism / Baptize and Baptism / Baptize (Full Immersion)

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Chapel of Rest

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Chapel of Rest. A room or building in which family and friends can view and pay their last respects to a deceased person in the period between the death and the funeral service.

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Coffin

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Coffin. The kite-shaped box (tapered at the head and foot, wide at the shoulders, and often have six sides) in which the deceased person’s body is conveyed to a funeral service and in which it is buried or cremated.

Coffins are often made of MDF or chipboard and laminated with a veneers in an oak, mahogany, or elm style. However, coffins can also be made of cardboard, bamboo, willow, or banana leaf.

A rectangular box for the same purpose is known as a casket (usually with a lid which can be half open during the funeral service or wake).

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Commend / Commendation (Funerals)

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Commend / Commendation (Funerals). Part of the funeral service, at which the deceased person is committed to God’s safekeeping.

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Committal Service (Funerals)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Committal Service (Funerals). The closing act of a funeral service, at which the deceased person’s separation from life on earth is acknowledged.

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Confirmation (Ceremony)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Confirmation. A ceremony which demonstrates total commitment to living as a Christian.

See also: Catechumen and Catechism

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Dedicate / Dedication (of a baby or child)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Dedication (of a baby or child). A service or ceremony to dedicate a baby or child to God and to welcome them into the Church.

See also: Dedicate / Dedication (Land) and Dedicated (Loyal)

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Funeral

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Funeral. A ceremony held to remember someone who has died, give thanks for their life, and, in Christian funerals, the person is commended to God.

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