Response: TODAY OUR SAVIOR BORN. CHRIST HIMSELF-lf LORD.
SING TO THE-lf LORD SOMETHING NEW*;
SING TO THE-lf LORD, (2h)#ALL COUNTRY.
SING TO THE-lf LORD. BOW-DOWN HIS-lf NAME. Response
ANNOUNCE HE-lf SAVE EVERYDAY.
INFORM"all" WORLD ABOUT HIS-lf GLORY.
TELL-STORY ANYONE ABOUT HIS-lf MIRACLE. Response
(<) HEAVEN GO-AHEAD HAPPY; (>) EARTH GO-AHEAD CELEBRATE.
OCEAN PLUS EVERYTHING LIVE INSIDE, COME-ON SHOUT.
LAND FLAT SHOULD alt.HAPPY PLUS EVERTHING LIVE THEREABOUTS!
E-V-E-N FOREST (2h)5-CL'trees sway'. WHY? DEAF-APPLAUSE. Response
(2h)#ALL THRILLED SEE THE-lf LORD APPROACH.
HE-lf COME FOR-FOR? RULE EARTH.
HE-lf RULE WORLD JUST WILL.
RULE PEOPLE HOMOGENEOUS. Response
Response: ALLELUIA-lf! ALLELUIA-rt! ALLELUIA-ctr!
ME ANNOUNCE (2h)YOU GOOD N-E-W-S CAUSE alt.HAPPY:
TODAY SAVIOR BORN FOR US.
WHO? CHRIST HIMSELF-lf LORD. Response
Response: SAVIOR - S-FREE AGENT.
THE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].
BOW-DOWN - (2h)[B], POs away, FOs up, are held like the final position of GIVE-UP, then bend these arms twice while bowing at waist once. Note: This may seem a strange translation of "bless", but theologically I don't see how we can bless God. The Hebrew this concept comes from is "baruch" and is related to "birkayim (knees)", in other words "bend the knee [to God]".
GLORY - (2h), POs><, FOs away from signer, DH which is on top wiggles fingers while ascending. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Glory.
ANYONE - [A dot], PO > NDS, FO up, twists rapidly at the wrist while moving in a horizontal circle. This means "anyone".
MIRACLE - WONDERFUL(1x) WORK. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Miracle.
HEAVEN - (2h)[B], POs down, FOs ><, hands are held high, circle around each other and then separate.
GO-AHEAD - (2h)[B^ dot], POs ><, FOs away, move forward in a jerk.
COME-ON - (2h)[B^] move in circles pivoting at the wrists to beckon someone to do something.
(2h)5-CL'trees sway' - (2h), POs ><, FOs up, hands sway side to side antisymmetrically.
DEAF-APPLAUSE - (2h), POs away, FOs up, hands are held high and rotate rapidly at wrists.
APPROACH - (2h)[B], FOs up, DH PO away, ND is held in front of NDH and palm faces it, then both hands approach one another slightly.
RULE - CONTROL.
JUST - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, tap FT while moving in a horizontal circle.
HOMOGENEOUS - (2h)[Y], POs down, FOs away, circle horizontally. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - standard.
ALLELUIA!-lf ALLELUIA!-rt ALLELUIA!-ctr - Twist > lf and sign Alleluia! (CLAP-HANDS~CELEBRATE + open hands into (2h) while lifting), twist > rt and sign Alleluia!, finally come back to center and sign Alleluia!
CAUSE - (2h)[S] are held at the chest as if holding a rope and move forward while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - cause.
Lyrics (Psalm 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13):
Response: Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name. Response
Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. Response
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult. Response
They shall exult before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy. Response
Response: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
I proclaim to you good news of great joy:
today a Savior is born of us,
Christ the Lord. Response