EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Introduction: PLACE UNIHABITED, (draw out each sign) PREPARE WAY FOR OUR GOD.
1. PLACE UNIHABITED, PREPARE WAY FOR OUR GOD.
MOUNTAIN AND HILL HIT* LOWLY,
BUT LAND LOWLY AND VALLEY WILL ADVANCED, FAIR'circle'.
LORD WANT SHOW"all" HIS-ctr POWER. HOW?
THE-ctr LORD WILL COME IDEA~LIKE LAMB.
THE-ctrLORD WILL BORN IDEA~LIKE MAN.
Antiphon: YOU"all" PEOPLE RIGHTEOUS, CELEBRATE THE-ctr LORD.
GO-AHEAD SING STRONG, CAUSE HILL, MOUNTAIN SHAKE.
WHY? LORD HERE TOGETHER US IN OUR LAND.
2. Y-GOD, HIMSELF-ctr HOLY SAY, (role play)
KNOW-THAT ME MAKE OLD WORLD GONE.
TODAY DAWN (2h)#ALL NATION HAVE EARTH NEW.
EVERYTHING LIVE SHOULD CELEBRATE. (end role play) Antiphon
3. Y-GOD, HIMSELF-ctr HOLY SAY, (role play)
ME MYSELF SHOW"all" PROOF.
VIRGIN PREGNANT, GIVE-BIRTH SON WILL.
HIS-lf NAME "WHAT"? GOD WITH US. Antiphon
Notes: UNIHABITED - (2h)[open 8], POs down, FOs away, move away while closing to (2h)[A] and mouth "thp".
PREPARE - PLAN.
HIT* - conjunction meaning "unexpected but positive".
LOWLY - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, move downwards arcing towards the signer. This is the opposite of the sign ADVANCED. For an animated gif of ADVANCED, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Exalted.
ADVANCED - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, move upwards arcing towards the signer. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Exalted.
FAIR'circle' - (2h)[B^] are held together like one of the positions of EQUAL, and hands move together in a horizontalk circle.
THE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
IDEA~LIKE - A blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.
RIGHTEOUS - Elbow of DH [S] is placed firmly against the backhand of NDH [B], PO down.
GO-AHEAD - (2h)[B^ dot], POs ><, FOs away, move forward in a jerk.
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.
SHAKE - (2h), POs down, FOs away, shake hands left to right antisymmetrically.
Y-GOD - Represents "Yahweh", a possible pronunciation of the ineffable name of God (Hebrew).
HOLY - H-CLEAN. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Holy - 1.
KNOW-THAT - Starts like KNOW but twists and descends, looking almost like DON'T-KNOW except the hand twists down at the end.
GONE - [5^], PO > face, FO up, moves downwards and closes to a [O^], while the NDH is a [B], PO > singer, FO > DS held further away and in neutral space.
(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].
VIRGIN - [V], PO away, FO up, brushes against DS of chin twice.
GIVE-BIRTH - S-ENTER. Not to be confused with BORN. The child is BORN, the mother GIVE[s]-BIRTH.
1. Prepare in the wilderness a highway for our God!
Let mountains and hills be made low;
let the lowlands and valleys be raised!
For the Lord reveals His power;
the Lord comes as a Lamb; the Lord is born as a man!
Antiphon: Exult you just ones in the Lord.
Let hills and mountains be shaken by your song,
for the Lord is among us in our land.
2. Yahweh, the Holy One, says this:
"Behold I make all things new.
A new day has dawned for the nations of the earth,
Let all creation rejoice!"
3. Yahweh, the Holy One, says this:
"I myself give you a sign:
A virgin conceives and bears you a Son.
His name: Emanuel!"