EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. (2h)YOU FINISH alt.HEAR ANGEL VOICE? (<) SPREADwg SWEET, (>) SPREADwg CLEAR. FINISH SEE STAR BRIGHT SHINE-DOWN. GOD SHOW-us US CHRIST OUR LORD FINISH BORN? FINISH alt.HEAR GOSPEL ANGEL BRING FROM HEAVEN? INFORM-ctr SHEPHERD HUMBLE THEY-ctr WAIT"over time" UP-TO-NOW. (<) GLORY GOD ADVANCED. (>) GLORY GOD ADVANCED. PAY-ATTENTION ANGEL SING HAPPY.
2. HE-lf COME WITH PEACE DURING WINTER, IDEA~LIKE SNOWFALL DURING NIGHT SOFT. (<) HE-lf COME BRING-us JOY, (>) HE-lf COME BRING-us JOY, IDEA~LIKE SUNRISE. WORLD OVERFLOW BRIGHT, SHINY. HE-lf COME WITH LOVE, THIS-lf CHILD FROM MARY. WE WITNESS HIM-lf BORN IN ANIMAL HOUSE. (<) GLORY GOD ADVANCED. (>) GLORY GOD ADVANCED. PAY-ATTENTION ANGEL SING, PEACE HERE EARTH.
3. (<) HE-lf BRING LIGHT NEW. (>) HE-lf BRING LIGHT NEW TO WORLD DARK, IDEA~LIKE STAR BRIGHT SKY SHINE-DOWN. (<) HE-lf BRING HOPE NEW. (>) HE-lf BRING HOPE NEW FOR MANY COUNTRY WAIT"over time" UP-TO-NOW. COME FOR-FOR? KING CONTROL WITH LOVE PURE. (<) EARTH CELEBRATE SHOULD. (>) EARTH CELEBRATE SHOULD. WHY? SAVIOR ARRIVE FINISH. HEAVEN ANSWER NOW MORNING HAPPY: (<) GLORY GOD ADVANCED. (>) GLORY GOD ADVANCED. ||: PAY-ATTENTION ANGEL SING, CHRIST FINISH BORN. :||
Notes: (2h)YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
SHINE-DOWN - [O^] is held high PO > signer; hands open to [5^] while moving > signer.
GOSPEL - G-NEW. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Gospel - 2.
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.
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.
IDEA~LIKE - a blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.
SNOWFALL - Like SNOW, but do the second half of the sign more slowly.
JOY - HAPPY.
OVERFLOW - , PO down, FO away, covers top of [S], PO > DS, FO away, and FT wiggle as the hand moves away, like a cup overflowing. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - overflow.
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.
MARY - [M] touches NDS temple, is drawn across forehead, and descends. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Mary - 1.
WITNESS -  touches under eye while head moves down.
UP-TO-NOW - (2h)[1^], POs down, index fingers travel up the chest on the DS until they end (2h), POs > singer, FOs up.
PURE - like NICE but the DH moves backwards slightly on the palm, pauses, then moves forward rapidly to show intensity.
1. Have you hear the sounds of the angel voices ringing out so sweetly, ringing out so clear? Have you seen the star shining out so brightly as a sign from God that Christ the Lord is here? Have you heard the news that they bring from heaven to the humble shepherds who have waited long? Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo! Hear the angels sing their joyful song.
2. He is come in peace in the winter's stillness, like a snowfall in the gentle night. He is come in joy. He is come in joy, like the sun at morning, filling all the world with radiance and with light. He is come in love as the child of Mary. In a simple stable we have seen his birth. Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo! Hear the angels singing 'Peace on earth'.
3. He will bring new light. He will bring new light to a world in darkness, like a bright star shining in the skies above. He will bring new hope. He will bring new hope to the waiting nations. When he comes to reign in purity and love. Let the earth rejoice. Let the earth rejoice at the Saviour's coming. Let the heavens answer with the joyful morn: Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo! ||: Hear the angels singing, 'Christ is born'. :||
To hear the music (without words), go to Liz's Midi File Extravaganza! and click on either one labeled "Angels' carol (Rutter)".