EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. THREE-DAYS OUR WORLD BROKEN; THE-lf LORD RULE LIFE HIMSELF-lf DEAD.
JESUS TELL US FOLLOW, (role play from lf) TAKE-UP YOUR CROSS LIKE ME.
WE WILLING CRUCIFIED LIKE HIM-lf, REBEL SUFFER LEFT, SUFFER RIGHT?
MEAN CELEBRATE PASSOVER GONE, OUR HOPE CRUCIFIED?
THREE-DAY WE HIDE SILENT, FEEL FEAR, GRIEF BITTER.
THREE-DAY WE STAY TOGETHER IN PLACE JESUS BEFORE WASH-feet FEET.
2. THREE-DAY LATER WOMEN THEY-rt VISIT DURING DAWN.
HIS-lf GRAVE EMPTY, THEY-rt INFORM US. HIS-lf BROKEN BODY GONE.
WE CAN'T BELIEVE THEIR-rt STORY. IMPOSSIBLE DEAD RESURRECT.
SUDDEN-WRONG HE-lf WALK WITH US, OURSELVES WITNESS TRUTH.
HE-lf SIT (2h)THIS TABLE HERE; WE SHARE HIS-lf BREAD AND WINE.
OUR HEART BURN INSIDE-SELF US, REFLECT HIS GLORY SHINY.
3. THREE-DAYS OUR WORLD BROKEN; HIT* EVERYTHING HEAL FINE.
GOD COVENANT MERCY, SECRET LOVE HE-rt SHOW-us.
TWO THOUSAND YEAR GO-BY LIKE ONE-DAY HIS-rt PERSPECTIVE.
YESTERDAY GOOD FRIDAY SORROW, BECOME NOW EASTER THRILL.
EVERYDAY HIS-lf BODY SUFFER, SWORD PIERCE HIS-lf left-SIDE.
BUT DEATH CAN'T GRAB-HOLD-OF-us. CHRIST BECOME OUR LORD.
Notes: THE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
RULE - CONTROL.
TAKE-UP - (2h)[5:], POs away, FOs up, move down quickly and close to (2h)[S], POs down, FOs away, as if grabbing hold of something, then hands ascend.
CROSS - [C], PO away, FO up, traces cross by moving down, then across.
CRUCIFIED - Pinky side of [S] is "driven" into palm of [B], PO away, FO up, then vice versa + hold (2h)[B] out, POs away, as if on the cross.
PASSOVER - [S] taps thumbside against elbow (like CRACKER). For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - cracker.
FEAR - (2h), POs away, FOs up, hands are held far from body and move back to body in a wavy pattern.
RESURRECT - [V], PO up, FO away, pronates and hops onto the palm of [B], PO up, FO away. For an animated gif of this sign, see Valley Bible Church - ASL dictionary: Resurrection.
SUDDEN-WRONG - [Y], PO > NDS, FO up, twists until PO is > signer and strikes chin to show an unexpected (negative) result.
REFLECT - [O^], PO away, FOs up, is brought to [B], PO away, FO up, and reflects off it while opening to .
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.
SHINY - (2h)[open 8], POs down, FOs away, twist rapidly at wrists while rising. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Shine.
COVENANT - AGREE RELATIONSHIP-WITH-God.
MERCY - (2h)[open 8], POs away, hands move in vertical circles normal (perpendicular) to the chest.
GO-BY - Like NEXT with hands leapfrogging over one another is signed faster than usual. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - process.
SORROW - SAD+.
EASTER - (2h)[E], POs away, FOs up, separate in upward arcs. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Easter.
SWORD - (2h)[S], NDH acts as scabbard (sword holder) and DH pulls out sword.
PIERCE - , PO up, FO away, pierces between index and middle fingers of [modified B], PO > signer, FO > DS. The middle and index fingers are separated before being pierced.
GRAB-HOLD-OF-us - (2h)[5:], POs > chest, FOs up, grab at chest and close to (2h)[S].
1. Three days our world was broken; the Lord of life lay dead.
"Take up your cross," he told us who followed where he led.
Would we noe (?) hang in torment with thieves on ev'ry side,
our Passover shattered, our hope crucified?
Three days we hid in silence, in bitter fear and grief.
Three days we clung together where he had washed our feet.
2. Three days-- and on the third day the women came at dawn.
His tomb, they said, was empty, his broken body gone.
Who could believe their story? The dead do not arise,
yet he walks among us, and with our own eyes
we've seen him at this table; we've shared his bread and wine.
Hearts burning bright within us, we've seen his glory shine.
3. Three days our world was broken and in an instant healed,
God's covenant of mercy in mystery revealed.
Two thousand year are one day in God's eternal sight,
and yesterday's sorrows are this day's delight.
Though still Christ's body suffers, pierced daily by the sword,
yet death has no dominion; the risen Christ is Lord.
To hear a partial performance of this song, go to Three Days | OCP.org.