A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
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
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
THE CHRISTMAS COLLECT & BLESSING
ALL: O Come, all ye faithful
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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.
ABOUT THE CHOIR
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.