EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
THANKS FOR INDEX-LIST. HOLY TIME-PERIOD OUR LIFE.
(<) SOMETIMES WE GRIEVE, (>) SOMETIMES CELEBRATE.
(<) WE WIN, (>) WE LOSE, #ALL-OF-US TAKE-TURNS.
EVERYTHING INFLUENCE-us ENVISION WORLD RIGHT.
THANKS FOR INDEX-LIST. (<) FOR BIRTH, (>) FOR DEATH.
HOPE BETWEEN TWO-OF-THEM, OUR LIFE HAVE MEANING.
HOLY BECOME OUR LIFE BREATH.
WE CELEBRATE WHILE WE HERE.
THANKS FOR INDEX-LIST. ART MAKE US NOBLE.
HAPPY SEE IMAGE BEAUTIFUL.
WE HEAR MUSIC, OUR HEART TOUCHED.
MAKE US FEEL OUR GOAL SHOULD ADVANCED.
Notes: INDEX-LIST - index finger of DH points to thumb, then index finger, then middle finger of NDH , PO > signer, FO > DS.
HOLY - H-CLEAN. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Holy - 1.
TIME-PERIOD - [T], PO > NDS, FO up, travels in a vertical plane parallel to the NDH and makes contact with NDH [B], PO > DS, FO away. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Period - Time.
GRIEVE - (2h)[S] twist at heart several times.
#ALL-OF-US - [A], PO > NDS, FO up touches DS shoulder then [L^], PO > signer touches NDS shoulder.
TAKE-TURNS - [L], PO down, FO away, pronates and supinates while travelling from NDS to DS.
ENVISION - (2h)[S] are held at forehead with DH closer to head, and hands open to (2h) while separating while FT wg. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Vision - 1.
NOBLE - N-ATTITUDE.
IMAGE - I-PICTURE.
TOUCHED - Middle finger of [open 8] strikes heart.
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.
Thanks be for these, life's holy times,
moments of grief, days of delight;
triumph and failure intertwine,
shaping our vision of the right.
Thanks be for these, for birth and death;
life in between with meaning full;
holy becomes the quickened breath;
we celebrate life's interval.
Thanks be for these, ennobling art,
images welcome to our sight;
Music caressing ear and heart,
inviting us to loftier height.