The Lord is near - Joncas

The Lord is near - Michael Joncas

Translated into ASL by David Bar-Tzur

Created 14 September 2008, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).

Refrain: THE-rt LORD NEAR EVERY ONE SUMMON HIM-rt HELP
HE-rt CLOSE-TO (2h)#ALL (2h)SEARCH-FOR HIS-rt FACE.
BLOW-TOP NOT, FILL-UP COMPASSION
MERCY OVERFLOW L-O-V-E.

1. THE-rt LORD MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION.
HAVE NOTHING ME NEED FEAR.
THE-rt LORD MY PLACE ESCAPE.
ME NOT NEED SCARED ANY ONE. WHY? Refrain

2. ONE* THING ME ASK THE-rt LORD GIFT-TO-me.
ONLY-ONE THING ME (2h)SEARCH.
REALLY-WANT LIVE IN LORD HIS-rt HOUSE
EVERYDAY MY LIFE. Refrain

3. GOD WILLING HIDE ME IN HIS-rt HOUSE.
HIS-rt TENT CAN PROTECT ME.
YES, NOW MY HEAD ME HOLD-HEAD-HIGH.
LOOK-DOWN-ON THOSE WANT SEE ME FAIL. WHY? Refrain

Alternate refrain for funerals:
PRAY+ ANGEL THEY-ctr LEAD YOU-deceased ENTER HEAVEN.
PRAY+ MARTYRS WELCOME YOU-deceased.
AND BRING YOU-deceased TO CITY HOLY
MEAN NEW JERUSALEM ETERNAL.


Notes: THE

(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].

BLOW-TOP - [5], PO down, FO away, strikes top of [S], PO > DS, FO away, and rises up again, twisting DH at wrist.

FILL-UP - DH [B], PO down, rises until it slaps bottom of NDH, PO down. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - maximum.

COMPASSION - HEART + (2h)[5^] descend slightly twice while closing to (2h)[O^] but hands close to heart.

MERCY - (2h)[open 8], POs away, hands move in vertical circles normal (perpendicular) to the chest.

OVERFLOW - [5], 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.

LIGHT - (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h)[5], while separating. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.

SALVATION - S-FREE.

FEAR - (2h)[5], POs away, FOs up, hands are held far from body and move back to body in a wavy pattern.

ONE* - [1], PO > signer, FO up, moves forward abruptly.

GIFT-TO-me - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist > signer to show that something is given as a gift.

REALLY-WANT - WANT but shaken back and forth to show intensity.

HOLD-HEAD-HIGH - [S], PO down, FO away, rises up abruptly to FO up.

MARTYRS - [M] drawn across the throat as if it is being slit. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Martyr.

HOLY - H-CLEAN. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Holy - 1.

JERUSALEM - [B with thumbs flush with other fingers but not folded into palm], touches mouth and then pronates.

ETERNAL - ALWAYS + DH produces STILL in the usual way, and the NDH produces STILL so that it moves back over the shoulder. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Eternal.

Lyrics:

Refrain: The Lord is near to all who call on him;
he is close to all who seek his face,
slow to anger and full of compassion
and abounding in merciful love.

1. The Lord is my light and my salvation,
there is nothing at all I fear;
the Lord is the refuge of my life;
of whom should I be afraid. For Refrain

2. One thing I ask of the Lord;
there is only one thing I seek:
to dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life. Refrain

3. For God will hide me in his house
and concel me in the shelter of his tent.
Even now my head is held high
over those who would see me fall. For Refrain

Alternate refrain for funerals:
May the angel lead you into paradise;
may the martyrs come to welcome you,
and take you to the holy city,
the new and eternal Jerusalem.

treble clef as a symbol for musicTo hear the music (without words), go to The Lord Is Near/May the Angels | OCP.org.

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