EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. SING ABOUT MARY, PURE, HUMBLE.
VIRGIN BUT MOTHER, WOMAN VERY-RELIGIOUS.
SING ABOUT HIS-rt SON TOP HOLY.
HIMSELF-lf BECOME HER-ctr CHILD SMALL.
(<) CHILD MOST BEAUTIFUL, (>) MOTHER SAME.
GOD THE-ctr LORD COME HERE EARTH.
WORD BECOME HUMAN, OUR TRUE-BIZ BROTHER.
OUR NATURE HE-lf DONNED THROUGH HIS-lf BIRTH.
2. SING ABOUT JESUS, MARY HER-ctr SON.
HIS-lf HOME WHERE? N-A-Z-A-R-E-T-H.
WORK"sta"++, EXHAUSTED NOT.
HIS-lf L-O-V-E CONTINUE UNTIL DEATH.
JESUS ALWAYS LOVE HIS-lf MOTHER.
BUT L-O-V-E FORCE-lf LEAVE HIS-lf HOME.
GO-OUT PREACH, HEAL, SUFFER.
LEAD-TO CALVARY AND DEATH.
3. SING ABOUT MARY, SING ABOUT JESUS.
MOTHER HOLY, SON E-V-E-N MORE.
FROM HIS-lf THRONE LOOK-DOWN-FROM-lf,hi SEE US.
HE-lf SUMMON"each" JOIN THERE-lf.
JESUS WELCOME HOME HIS-lf MOTHER.
SHE-ctr SIT-ON-THRONE NEXT-TO SON.
SERVANT HE-lf TRUST THEM-rt THEREABOUTS
GATHER-TOGETHER WIN THEIR-rt CROWN.
4. MOTHER JOYFUL, HAPPY OVERFLOW.
YOUR-ctr ARMS CARRY-AROUND THE-lf LORD
LATER YOU-ctr MOURN, SAD OVERFLOW.
ALL YOUR-ctr HEART, PAIN TEAR.
MOTHER HAVE GLORY, JESUS HIS-lf HANDS
CROWN-ctr YOU-ctr NOW.
EACH GENERATION BLESS YOUR-ctr NAME.
BIBLE RECORD YOUR-ctr STORY FOREVER.
5. GLORY RELATED-TO-rt HEAVENLY-FATHER.
GLORY RELATED-TO-lf GOD HIS-rt SON.
GLORY RELATED-TO-ctr GOD HIS-rt SPIRIT.
GLORY RELATED THREE-OF-THEM TRIUNE.
SONGS DRIFTS-UP FROM (2h)#ALL SAINT
AND FROM BLESSED MARY HER-ctr HEART,
SONG REFLECTS FROM CHURCH HERE EARTH,
NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST.
Notes: MARY - [M] touches NDS temple, is drawn across forehead, and descends. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Mary - 1.
PURE - like NICE but the DH moves backwards slightly on the palm, pauses, then moves forward rapidly to show intensity.
VIRGIN - [V], PO away, FO up, brushes against DS of chin twice.
VERY-RELIGIOUS - (2h)[IHY] which is a [B] with the ring finger lower. This Jesus was sometimes depicted using this hand gesture in the Middle Ages and means extremely religious.
TOP - Palm of [B], PO down, FO away, strikes top of FT of [B], PO > DS, FO up, and springs back.
HOLY - H-CLEAN. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Holy - 1.
THE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
HUMAN - H-BODY.
TRUE-BIZ - TRUE + (2h)[S], POs down, FOs away, DH brushes from side to side across NDH wrist.
DONNED (put on clothes) - (2h), POs down, FOs away, alt. circle perpendicular to the chest with thumbs brushing against chest when they come hear the body.
EXHAUSTED - TIRED + [V], PO up, FO > NDS, is drawn with effort across the palm of [B], PO up, FO away.
GO-OUT - , PO > signer, FO up, moves away while closing to [O^].
CALVARY - MOUNTAIN + POSITIVE held high as if it were a cross on top of the mountain just indicated.
THRONE/SIT-ON-THRONE - SIT + (2h)[B:], POs down, FOs away, behave as if they were on the arms of a throne.
SUMMON - DH [B] taps NDH [B], PO down, FO > signer, then moves > signer while closing to an [A], PO away from signer, FO up, and moving up.
GATHER-TOGETHER - (2h)[S], POs down, FOs ><, move > each other while opening to (2h)[5wg].
CROWN (noun) - (2h)[L:] (like BIG) place crown on head with small double movement.
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.
CARRY-AROUND - (2h)[B], POs up, FOs away, circle horizontally.
TEAR - Gesture tearing something in two.
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.
CROWN-ctr (verb) - (2h)[L:] (like BIG) place crown on head with large single movement. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Crown.
BLESS/BLESSED - (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.
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.
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.
DRIFTS-UP - (2h), POs down, FOs away, rise with wg.
(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].
SAINT - [S], PO down, FO away, moves > DS across palm of [B], PO up, FO > DS.
REFLECTS - [O^], PO away, FOs up, is brought to [B], PO away, FO up, and reflects off it while opening to .
1. Sing of Mary, pure and lowly,
Sing of God's own Son most holy,
Who became her little child.
Fairest child of fairest Mother,
God the LORD who came to earth,
Word made Flesh, our very Brother,
Takes our nature by his birth.
2. Sing of Jesus, son of Mary,
In the home at Nazareth.
Toil and labour cannot weary
Love enduring unto death.
Constant was the love he gave her,
Though it drove him from her side,
Forth to preach, and heal, and suffer,
Till on Calvary he died.
3. Sing of Mary, sing of Jesus,
Holy Mother's holier son.
From his throne in heaven he sees us,
Thither calls us every one,
Where he welcomes home his Mother
To a place at his right hand,
There his faithful servants gather,
There the crowned victors stand.
4. Joyful Mother, full of gladness,
In thine arms thy LORD was borne.
Mournful Mother, full of sadness,
All thy heart with pain was torn.
Glorious Mother, now rewarded
With a crown at Jesus' hand,
Age to age thy name recorded
Shall be blest in every land.
5. Glory be to God the Father;
Glory be to God the Son;
Glory be to God the Spirit;
Glory to the Three in One.
From the heart of blessed Mary,
From all saints the song ascends,
And the Church the strain re echoes
Unto earth's remotest ends.