Christmas Eve in Buckhorn

Over ninety people packed the quaint little country church of St Matthew – St Aidan to overflowing on Christmas Eve for the Holy Eucharist. The Communion Service was “for all in town” and many local folks attended in addition to parishioners and people who had travelled from nearby Lakefield and Peterborough.

The music of The Knights-Wevers Ensemble brought a festive touch to the evening. The Ensemble played several anthems to enhance the quiet moments during the Service for pondering the meaning of Christmas. Before the reading of the Gospel, the lights were dimmed and candles lit throughout the congregation while the people joined in singing “Silent Night”.

Shannon Knights and husband, Scott Wevers, are musicians who play with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, and Tafelmusik. They were joined by Shannon’s parents. Susan and Jonathan Knights, who are also accomplished musicians. We extend our most heartfelt thanks to The Ensemble members for their gracious Christmas gift of music for the parish. And to The Venerable David Peasgood, our sincere thanks and appreciation for his music on the organ.

For those who wished to attend but were unable:

See and follow along in the Order of Service.

Listen to the audio of the Service. Prelude music precedes the Service which begins at minute 17:00. The entire Service is just over 60 minutes. Audio is best for this clip in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. A version of the Christmas Eve Service with improved audio is available for local folks from the parish on CD.

Here also is a link if you wish to cut and paste in the browser:



  1. Leslie on 26 December 2017 at 9:06 PM

    I am so happy about the amazing turnout and want to thank you for posting this service as I was stuck in Toronto traffic and missed it! You gave me the gift of the lovely music, the wonderful homily and the description of the atmosphere! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!

    • Father Glenn on 27 December 2017 at 12:56 PM

      Hello Leslie,

      We missed you at the Christmas Eve Service. Glad you got home safely and that you could enjoy Christmas Eve in Buckhorn through the website recording and info. The recording was done from my iPad mini. It doesn’t do justice to the actual sounds that night but it provides a pretty good sample of it all.

      Blessings to you in this Christmas Season,


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