Feast of the at Cana

This feast occurs on 13 Tubah. It celebrates the first miracle performed by during His ministry, when He changed the water into wine, thereby manifesting His glory to His disciples who consequently “believed in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

The following truths may be deduced from this miraculous event:

  1. It is the first of the power of over matter, a power derived from within. Jesus demonstrates this power in later similar situations such as the of the woman who had an issue of blood, by her merely touching Him (Mt. 9:20-22; Mk. 5:25-34; Lk. 8:43-48).
  1. It establishes the intercessional character of the Mary, which is evident in Jesus’ prompt response to her request.
  2. It is an advance confirmation of the mystery of the Eucharist, the conversion of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. Consequently, the continuous growth in the spiritual life is dependent on the full integration with Christ, like branches in their relation to the vine. “As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (Jn. 15:4).

The wine converted at Cana was not intoxicating, but “good” wine as testified to by the owner of the feast, wholesome and beneficial, rather like the wine of blessing mentioned in Genesis 27:28, 37, and in Deuteronomy 7:13, or the eucharistic wine.

It is a manifest indication that the church blesses the and treats it as a sacrament. Hence there are many references to the marriage feast of Cana in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Again, in the of incense on the eve of 13 Tubah, the lection from Matthew 19, which is used in the prayers during the service, is included in the celebration of the Feast of Cana of Galilee, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female. . . . What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt. 19:4-6).