Mary goes to a wedding

Spending time with Our Lady during summer

Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St John (2: 1-11)

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

The Word of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ

Our Lady was always ready to help others.

It is good that we celebrate together.

Mary teaches us

  • That we should always tell Jesus about our needs
  • We should believe that he listens to our prayers
  • To do whatever he tells us (“Do whatever he tells you” Jn 2:5)

Pray the Second Luminous Mystery of the Rosary 

Jesus, help us to imitate Our Lady in serving and helping others

Pray the Memorare of St Bernard.

  • A wedding reminds us of feasts, celebrations, family.  How long has it been since you had a family celebration?  Choose a day and make it a special day for the family.  Plan this day together with your family to make sure that everyone has a good time; if there is cooking involved, make sure that everyone does their part.  Don’t forget to imitate the couple from the wedding feast at Cana and invite Jesus to be with you at your celebration…during the day, find time to attend Mass as a family.
  • Do you have a medal of Our Lady?  If you don’t, get a miraculous Medal and ask a priest to bless it and keep the medal with you always.  St George Preca had a great devotion to the Miraculous Medal.

The medal is an oval shape and on the front side of the medal, there is an image of Our Lady standing on a globe crushing a serpent beneath her feet.  Our Lady’s arms are open with rays shooting out of her hands; the rays symbolise the graces she sheds upon those who ask for them.  Around the image of Our Lady there are the words ‘O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who recourse to thee’.  On the other side of the medal, there is a cross and horizontal bar that surmounts a large, bold letter ‘M’.   On the top of the horizontal bar there is a cross, and twelve stars spread around the edge of the medal beneath the letter ‘M’ there are two hearts one is crowned with thorns, which symbolises the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the other heart is pierced by a sword, which symbolises the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In the Oratory at the Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck in Valletta, there is a painting of the Wedding feast at Cana.  (You can ask a priest at the Church to open the Oratory for you, if it is closed).

Don’t forget to take a photo and send it in to us!