EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. LENT FORTY D-A-Y WE CELEBRATE
ITS GLORY HOW? SING PRAISE.
WHY? CHRIST MAKE EVERYTHING HERE WORLD
STILL HUMBLE FAST AND PRAY.
2. MOSES FAST THAT HELP HIM-lf SEE
LOVING GOD GIFT LAW TO US.
ELIJAH SEE GOD 'S CHARIOT HOW
FASTING HELP HIM-rt WRITE HIS BOOK.
3. D-A-N-I-E-L TRAIN HIS-rt PROPHET SKILL
THROUGH FAST AND FIGHT LION MIGHT.
J-O-H-N BAPTIST JESUS CHRIST FRIEND
ANNOUNCE OUR MESSIAH FINISH ARRIVE.
4. LORD HELP US FAST LIKE FAMOUS MEN.
LORD HELP US PRAY LIKE THEM-ctr.
MAKE OUR SPIRIT STRONG THROUGH GRACE.
AND GIFT-TO-us US JOY SEE YOUR FACE.
5. HEAVENLY-FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT
WE PRAY YOU-plural BLESS US NOW.
WE WORSHIP YOU-ctr TRIUNE GOD.
LONG-AGO UP-TO-NOW OUR ONLY LORD.
Notes: LENT - Thumb of [L], Po > NDS< FO up, is drawn along mouth from NDS to DS.
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.
FAST - Zip mouth closed with [F].
MOSES - (1) M-LAW. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Moses_b. (2) (2h)[5^] touch respective sides of chin and pull away while closing to (2h)[O^] like JEWISH but a single movement.
HIM - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
LOVING - LOVE+.
GIFT - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist to show that something is given as a gift.
ELIJAH - E-PREDICT.
CHARIOT - CONTROL + NDH [C dot], PO > signer, FO > DS acts as the front of the cab and , PO away, FO up, acts as the person standing in the cab with both hands moving forward.
FASTING - FAST as above is repeated.
PROPHET - PREDICT AGENT.
MIGHT - (2h)[S], POs > back of signer, FOs up, are held at NDS and fists descend, then repeat at DS.
BAPTIST - (2h)[A dot], POs ><, FOs away, both hands are tipped to one side so that the thumbs point > NDS, then > upwards. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Baptize.
MESSIAH - M-KING.
GRACE - [O^] or [S], held high and PO > Heaven, supinates and opens to  while being brought towards head. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Grace.
GIFT-TO-us - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist > signer to show that something is given as a gift.
JOY - (1) alt.HAPPY. (2) EXCITED. (3) J-EXCITED.
HEAVENLY-FATHER - (2h)[A], FOs up, DH - held against forehead, NDH close to but lower, both hands open to (2h) while moving upwards. HEAVEN may be added to this. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Heavenly Father - 1.
BLESS - (2h)[O^], POs ><, held at mouth. Hands are brought downwards while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Bless.
WORSHIP - NDH is clasped over DH [S] and hands circle perpendicular to the chest. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Worship.
TRIUNE - NDH [B^], PO > singer, FO > DS, is held in front of and below , PO > signer, FO up, and DH is brought down, under NDH, and then up in front of it while changing to . For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Trinity.
UP-TO-NOW - (2h)[1^], POs down, index fingers travel up the chest on the DS until they end (2h), POs > singer, FOs up.
1. The glory of these forty days
We celebrate with songs of praise;
For Christ, by whom all things were made,
Himself has fasted and has prayed.
2. Alone and fasting Moses saw
The loving God who gave the Law;
And to Elijah, fasting, came
The steeds and chariots of flame.
3. So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
Delivered from the lions' might;
And John, the BridegroomÕs friend, became
The herald of MessiahÕs name.
4. Then grant us, Lord, like them to be
Full oft in fast and prayer with thee;
Our spirits strengthen with thy grace,
And give us joy to see thy face.
5. Father and Son and Spirit blest,
To thee be every prayer addrest,
Who art in Threefold Name adored,
From age to age, the only Lord. Amen.
To hear a musical setting of these lyrics (without words), go to The glory of these forty days.