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Wednesday, September 14, 2005 AD

Lutherans Teaching Lutherans...

...the LOML will begin her American Sign Language class this evening for mid-week. She was able to borrow a religious sign language book from one of her Mary Kay cult friends. From that book she shares with you a portion of the history of the deaf and the history of our Lutheran churches. Their intersection.

I'll share with you some of the signs that I think were interesting from the book verbatim. Of course, being sectarian I choose these signs (they're some of the best):
Luther - This is an initialized sign used to designate Martin Luther, a sixteenth-century German monk known as the founder of Protestantism.
Formation of Luther - Tap the thumbtip of the right "L" hand in the center of the chest, palm left and index finger pointing outward at an angle.
Lutheran (as in person) - This is an initialized sign and indicates Luther's nailing the Ninety-five Theses to the church at Worms, Germany, an act that led to a separation from the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of the Lutheran Church.
Formation of Lutheran (as in person) - Tap the thumbtip of the right "L" hand, palm facing forward, against the palm of the open left hand, palm facing right.
Lutheran (as in church) - This is an initialized sign formed like church.
Formation of Lutheran (as in church) - Tap the heel of the right "L" hand, palm facing forward, on the back of the downturned left "S" hand. Then tap the right "S" hand on the back of the downturned left "S" hand.
[Swede commentary - "S" is just a fist, thumb on the outside and resting on the two forefingers naturally.]
Law - This is an initialized sign and signifies the recording of laws on a tablet or book.
Formation of Law - Move the right "L" hand across the left open palm, touching first at the fingers and then at the heel, palms facing each other.
[Swede commentary - I'm only giving you the second of two different ways to sign Law.]
Gospel - The sign is a combination of TELL and NEWS and refers to the first four books of the New Testament, describing the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Formation of Gospel - Bring the right extended index finger from pointing at the lips, palm facing in, down in an arc while changing to a curved open hand, brushing the back of the right hand across the upturned left opened palm.
[Swede commentary - I'm only giving you the first of three different ways to sign Gospel.]
Grace - The hand seems to take something from God and shower it down, and signifies God's divine love being bestowed freely on mankind.
Formation of Grace - Beginning with the right thumb touching the fingertips, palm facing forward above the right shoulder. Then twist the wrist inward, spreading the fingers while moving down to the right of the head.
[Swede commentary - I'm only giving you the first of two different ways to sign Grace.]
Faith - The sign is a combination of THINK and TRUST and indicates a conviction regarding religious doctrines without logical proof or material evidence.
Formation of Faith - Move the extended right index finger from the right of the forehead down smoothly, changing into an "S" hand and landing on the left "S" hand in front of the chest, palms facing each other.
[Swede commentary - I'm only giving you the first of two different ways to sign Faith.]
Eucharist - This initialized sign is formed like CROSS and refers to the Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper.
Formation of Eucharist - Move the right "E" hand, palm facing outward, first down from the near the right side of the head to the right side of the body, then from left to right in front of the right shoulder.

Jesus - The fingers point out the nailprints in Jesus' hands. Jesus is regarded by Christians as the Messiah and the second member of the Trinity.
Formation of Jesus - Touch the bent middle finger of the right "5" hand into the center of the left open palm, palms facing each other. Reverse the action by touching the bent middle finger of the left "5" hand into the right open palm.
[Swede commentary - You should already know this from your vacation bible schools unless you were so ornery they told your grandmother not to bring you back, i.e. finding and playing with gardner snakes instead of listening to Bible stories. The "5" hand is hand open with fingers spread out. Filioque anyone?]


(Did you get 'em? I bet you look funny trying to do them for the first time. Sorry, I know pictures would help. I have yet to work on our scanner/printer - it's been on the Honey-Do-List for some time.)

There are some useless signs in the book as well but I'll only list them: calvinist, pope, papal, pontiff, mennonite, mormon, jew, pietist, etc.

Erica plans on getting a copy of her own book. I'm happy with it. It has the Lord's Prayer, the Gloria Patri, and other Christian terms. Still looking for that Lutheran only book though.

Please pray for her as she begins her new class and endeavor. (Or at least pray for her because she is married to me.)

UPDATE: So no calvinists, mennonites, mormons, jews, pietists, etc., showed up. But there were papists! (I behaved and was cordial to them without my wife's prompting.)

Erica is at the music stand. To the far left is her sister, Tonya, then our friend Jeff the Virgin of Fireworks. Not at liberty to identify the rest. The papists are not in the pic.

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