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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Anointing (with oil)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Anointing (with oil). Traditionally used as: a welcome in Hebrew households; a rite of inauguration in Old Testament times; as well as being used for illness and injuries and for preparation for service. In this sign the oil is poured, but it was also smeared or rubbed on.

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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

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Benediction. A prayer for blessing, especially at the end of a church service.

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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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Chant / Chanting

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Chant / Chanting. The singing of psalms or spiritual songs using a limited range of musical notes.

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Circumcise / Circumcision (Male)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Circumcise / Circumcision (Male). Removal of the foreskin, as a religious rite or medical procedure.

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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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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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Custom

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Custom. A tradition or practice that is usual in a particular society or situation.

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Daily Office (Prayers)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Daily Office (Prayers). The regular daily Christian services, eg Morning and Evening Prayer.

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Doxology

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Doxology. A (usually very short) hymn of praise to God. There are three in common use. The most familiar is the Common Doxology (“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”)

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Enthrone / Enthronement

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Enthrone / Enthronement. The act of making someone sovereign.

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Extroit

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Extroit. The final hymn, song or piece of music in a church service.

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Forgive / Forgiven / Forgiveness

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Forgive / Forgiven / Forgiveness. Cancel a debt; consciously decide to release feelings of resentment; deliberately give up one’s right to recompense and instead foster compassion towards the person who has wronged one.

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