John Sharrock Taylor

John Sharrock Taylor

Writer, Genealogist & Patient Choir Basher


Presented by choral ensemble La Vid y La Vida

Friday 9th December, 7.30 pm at Salinas Church

(The church is on the A333  a hundred metres from the Antequera/ Granada/ Malaga/ Sevilla motorway interchange).

PROCESSION:  Once in royal David’s city 


CHOIR: Gaudete! 14th Century arr JST

FIRST LESSON (Genesis iii) God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise

CHOIR: Adam lay y-bounden Words: Medieval Music: Boris Ord

SECOND LESSON (Isaiah ix) Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah.

CHOIR: Sans Day Carol       Cornish, arr John Rutter

ALL: God rest you merry, gentlemen

THIRD LESSON (Isaiah xi) The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown

CHOIR: What sweeter music? Words: Robert Herrick Music: John Rutter

FOURTH LESSON The prophet Micah foretells the glory of little Bethlehem.

ALL: O little town of Bethlehem

FIFTH LESSON (St Luke i) The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary

CHOIR: Mary, Mother of God      Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff (From the Night Vigil)

SIXTH LESSON (St Luke ii) St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

CHOIR: A Children’s Carol Words: Frances Chesterton Music: arr RVW

SEVENTH LESSON (St Luke ii) The shepherds go to the manger

CHOIR: Christ is Born         Words: adapted from a German carol     Music: James Alty

EIGHTH LESSON (St Matthew ii) The wise men are led by a star to Jesus.

CHOIR & CONGREGATION: Kings of Orient 

NINTH LESSON St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation

ALL: It came upon the midnight clear


ALL: O Come, all ye faithful 


The ‘traditional’ Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is only just over a century old, having originated in 1913, not at ancient King’s College Cambridge, but in the wooden shed which preceded the building of the new Truro Cathedral. Originally a folk song, the carol had no place in formal worship until Bishop Edward Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, conceived this novel idea as a means of attracting the locals out of the pubs on Christmas Eve. The Festival is built around nine Bible readings, beginning with Man’s estrangement from God (symbolised by Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden), and ending with the redeeming birth of Jesus and his recognition by the (Jewish) Shepherds and the (Gentile) Wise Men as Son of God and Redeemer.


La Vid y La Vida was born ten years ago when five of us started to meet once a week to drink wine and sing. The group grew to about a dozen and has stayed around that size, though folk have come and gone over the years. For some occasions we are joined by visiting singers and instrumentalists from abroad and elsewhere in Spain. If you can sing and may be interested in knowing more about us, please contact us via this website.