Services / Ceremonies / Festivals

Compline / Night Prayer

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Compline. A reflective service in the Christian church for the end of the day.

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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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Enthrone / Enthronement

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

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Installment / Installation (Bishop)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Installment / Installation (Bishop). The cathedral service commissioning a bishop in their role as head of the diocese.

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Jubilee (Jewish)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Jubilee (Jewish). For centuries, Judaism taught that at the end of every 49 years, slaves and prisoners should be freed and debts written off.

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Memorial

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Memorial. An object eg a statue or plaque; or an act eg a procession or religious service; created or conducted as remembrance of a person or event.

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Millennium

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Millennium. A time period of one thousand years.

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Mother’s Day

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Mother’s Day. An annual day in which appreciation for mothers (and, increasingly, others who care for people) is expressed.

See also: Mothering Sunday

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Mothering Sunday

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Mothering Sunday. Dating back to practices of the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans who annually worshipped a mother goddess, the Christian church in the sixteenth century established an annual festival to honour the Virgin Mary when people were expected to return to the mother (main) church in the area.

See also: Mother’s Day

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Passover Festival

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Passover Festival. Annual Jewish celebration commemorating their people being delivered by Moses from slavery in Egypt.

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Pentecost (Christian Festival)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Pentecost (Christian Festival). Contextually this sign refers to the Christian festival of Pentecost, not the Jewish festival.

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Pilgrimage

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Pilgrim. A group travelling to a place (often from varied starting points) considered wholly as an act of devotion. Often the destination is to the same place as many people before them.

See also: Pilgrim

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Tenebrae

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Tenebrae. A service held during the three days preceding Easter Sunday at which candles are extinguished to commemorate Jesus’ death on the cross.

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Vespers

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Vespers. A church service held at sunset.

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