The Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana

Cana or traditionally known as Kafr Kanna, is in the Galilee area a few miles away from Nazareth.  It has been a popular town since this is where Jesus performed his first miracle.

  • Jesus, His Mother and disciples were invited to a wedding in Cana.
  • During the wedding feast the wine ran short.
  • Mary turned to Jesus: “They have no wine.”
  • Jesus replied: “What would you have me do? My hour has not yet come.”
  • Mary said to the waiters: “Do whatever he tells you.”
  • There were six stone water jars, each holding fifteen to twenty gallons.
  • Jesus bids the waiters to fill the jars with water, and then draw some out and take it to the chief steward.
Jars used to hold wine displayed at the Wedding Church in Cana
  • The chief steward said to the groom: “Every man serves the good wine first… but you have saved the good wine until now.”
  • At Mary’s request, Jesus worked His first miracle.
  • By His presence, Christian marriage was raised to the dignity of a Sacrament.

                Spiritual Fruit: Fidelity

Mary has chosen to always remain in the background.However,  in the case of the Wedding at Cana, she steps for a moment into the limelight.
Fr. John Zuhlsdor in his blog mentions that Mary seems to have had the main invitation and The Lord was “also invited”. Mary, however, redirects everyone back to the Lord. Second, in all the moments in the Gospel in which Mary appears, she is seen to take in what happens in regard to her Son and herself and then contemplate them in silence before doing anything.
In Cana Mary sees how the time, the right moment, had finally arrived for Jesus to make Himself known in public. She contemplated everything and, when all was prepared, she spoke and then stepped back into the shadows. She always redirects our gaze to her Son.
Fr. John Zuhlsdor further stated that as Catholics we know with certain and divinely guided Faith that Christ instituted sacraments which would be the ordinary means for us to obtain the graces opening the way to salvation. God the Father created marriage in the creation of Adam and Eve and the mandate and different roles He gave them. We know that Christ’s presence at the Wedding at Cana did sanctify that marriage and, in so doing, sanctifies Christian marriage contracted in Christ in and under His Church, raising marriage to the dignity of a sacrament.

The Franciscan Catholic Wedding Church in Cana
The Catholic Wedding Church of Cana (There is also a Greek Orthodox church)  is cared for by Franciscan priests and nuns.  It was written that Queen Helena, mother of Constantine was responsible for building a church in Kafr Kanna.
Our pilgrimage group would usually hold renewal of marriage vows in this church, something touching and memorable for any pilgrim visiting the Holy Land.
Filipina franciscan sister arranging the altar prior to our Mass
Below is a video of the Renewal Vows held in Cana during our Holy Land Pilgrimage last May 28- June 4, 2011.

Sources:

Fr. Z’s Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?
Sacred Destinations
The Rosary Center

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