Content and Rituals of Services and Ceremonies

Alleluia / Hallelujah

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Alleluia / Hallelujah. Alleluia (Greek) and Hallelujah (Hebrew) combine the word for praise with part of Yahweh’, a form of the Hebrew name for God, giving: ‘Praise you, God’. Commonly used as a shout of acclamation and adoration.

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Anoint (sacrament) – RCS

Roman Catholic sign

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Anoint (sacrament). A Roman Catholic sign for the Anointing of the Sick is one of the sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church. In the Anglican Church it is not believed to be of such significance as a sacrament, since it was not both ordained and initiated by Jesus. Instead, it is regarded as a sacramental rite.

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Anointing / Anoint (with oil)

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Anointing / Anoint (with oil). Oil was smeared on the heads of guests by hosts as a sign of welcome and by officials to inaugurate rulers, priests and prophets. In the Bible, people, animals and objects were consecrated, ie set apart for holy purposes, by being anointed with holy oil (‘chrism’), that is by having oil poured or smeared on them. Spiritually, the word anointing is used to mean God’s giving the Holy Spirit to Christians. Through the power (‘anointing’) of the Holy Spirit, Christians are able to accomplish the work God calls them to do. In the Christian church, anointing with oil is used at baptism, confirmation and ordination, as well as sometimes being used with prayers for healing. In these signs the oil is poured, but it was also smeared or rubbed on.

Biblical references include: Exodus 29:7 and Leviticus 21:10 and Psalm 23:5 and Luke 7:46 and Hebrews 1:9 and James 5:14

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Apostles Creed

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apostles Creed. A summary of what the Church teaches, sometimes used as a proclamation of the Christian faith.

See also: Creed

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Benediction – RCS

Roman Catholic sign

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Benediction. A Roman Catholic sign for Benediction. A blessing declared at the end of a service of worship. A specific religious service in the Roman Catholic Church, in which the congregation is blessed after a period spent in adoration of the host (or sacrament at the Eucharist).

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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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Bless (Confer goodness)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bless. To confer goodness on another person.

See also: Bless (to bless the Lord) and Blessing (a prayer of)

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Blessing (-A prayer of)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Blessing (a prayer of Blessing). A prayer that asks God to bring goodness on to people, places, or situations.

See also: Bless (to bless the Lord) and Bless (to confer goodness)

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Celebrate

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Celebrate. The marking of festivals such as Easter or certain events such as a baptism with a service of thanks. Christians celebrate when they take Communion and some churches hold separate praise and worship services that are specifically dedicated to celebration, the principal minister at a Communion service is known as the celebrant.

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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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Confess (One’s faith)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Confess (One’s faith). To declare your faith/beliefs.

See also: Confess (Admit wrongdoing) and Confession / Confessional

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Confession / Confessional

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Confession / Confessional. Confessing one’s sins, usually to a a member of the clergy, or corporately, during the confession section of liturgy, declaring that one has sinned.

See also: Confess (Admit wrongdoing) and Confess (One’s faith)

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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.

See also: Bishop and Bishop – Roman Catholic sign and Suffragan Bishop and Archbishop and Installment / Installation (Bishop) and Church (Building)

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Conversion (Change)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Conversion (Change). When a person’s religion/beliefs change. When something is changed from one form to another, (as in chemistry).

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