EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. WE DECORATE YOUR ALTAR CLOTH WHITE SHINY SHAKE-ONTO-altar.
YOUR LIFE MY LIFE STORY WEAVE LIKE TABLE CLOTH.
LONG-AGO THOSE-lf PEOPLE ENVISION FUTURE
CRY-OUT FOR HOPE, GOD PROMISE NURTURE AND PROVIDE
WHAT WE NEED. WE LOOK-FORWARD ALSO.
Refrain: WE COME YOUR-lf FEAST. WE COME YOUR-lf FEAST.
(<) SOME YOUNG, (>) SOME OLD, (<) SOME FRIGHTENED, (>) SOME BRAVE.
(<) SOME ADVANCED*, (>) SOME LOWLY.
WE COME YOUR-lf FEAST. WE COME YOUR-lf FEAST.
BRING FRUIT FROM OUR LAND. BRING WORK FROM OUR HANDS.
WE COME YOUR-lf FEAST.
2. ON YOUR-lf ALTAR WE PUT SIMPLE HUMBLE BREAD.
GIFT FROM FIELD AND HILLS. GRAIN WE KNEAD AND EAT.
WE COME HERE TASTE GOD WITH US. HE-lf OUR SPIRIT FOOD.
WE CONNECT STRONG, HE-lf CHALLENGE US IMPROVE
HOW WE LOVE THROUGH WORK AND ACTION. Refrain
3. ON YOUR-lf TABLE WE SET-UP SIMPLE CUP WINE.
SUNSHINE HELP VINE GROW. PEOPLE HELP PICK GRAPES.
WE COME TASTE HE-lf OUR LORD WITH US.
HE-lf LIVE, HE-lf DIE, HE-lf LEAD, HE-lf GIFT-TO"each".
OUR CUP HE-lf FILL-UP LOVE. Refrain
Notes: ALTAR - TABLE OFFER-UP.
CLOTH - (2h)[O^], POs up, hands touch at FT and "pill roll" [thumbs slide along FT of their own hand].
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.
SHAKE-ONTO-altar - Mime holding onto a table cloth for the altar and shaking it out and allowing it to descend onto the altar surface.
WEAVE - (2h), POs down, NDH FO > DS, DH FO away, DH weaves as it moves forward, starting closer to signer's body and next to NDH.
THOSE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
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.
CRY-OUT - [5:] holds palm to mouth and then hand moves up and away as if the sound is leaving the mouth.
NURTURE - (2h)[B], PO down are held high and swoop down while supinating and then rise up again as if helping something mature.
FEAST - (2h)alt.EAT. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Feast.
GIFT / GIFT-TO - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist to show that something is given as a gift.
FIELD - GRASS THEREABOUTS.
GRAIN - [X], PO up, rubs along ND forearm as if harvesting.
KNEAD - Mime kneading dough.
ACTION - (2h)[5:], POs down, FOs away, circle symmetrically in a plane parallel to the chest.
VINE - Start like GROW and hands pronate (twist to POs away) and become (2h)[5:]. NDH stays in place and DH ascends while both hands wg. For a movie of this sign, go to Dictionary of Sign (ASL) - vine.
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.
1. We place upon Your table a gleaming cloth of white
The weaving of our stories, the fabric of our lives,
The dreams of those before us, the ancient hopeful cries,
The promise of our future, our needing and our nurture
Lie here before our lives.
Refrain: We come to Your feast, we come to your feast,
the young and the old, the frightened ,the bold,
the greatest and the least.
We come to your Feast, we come to your Feast,
with the fruit of our lands and the work of our hands
we come to your feast
2. We place upon Your table a humble loaf of bread,
The gift of field and hillside, the grain by which we're fed,
We come to taste the presence, of him whom we feed,
To strengthen and connect us, to challenge and correct us,
To love in word and deed. Refrain
3. We place upon Your Table a simple cup of wine,
The fruit of human labour, the gift of sun and vine
We come taste the presence of him we claim as Lord
His dying and his living, his leading and his giving,
his love in cup outpour. Refrain
To hear a performance of this song, go to Michael Joncas We Come to Your Feast - FREE MP3 Stream - Listen on IMEEM Music.