The Wedding at Cana

Eight stained glass windows in the Roman Catholic Church of St. Vincent de Paul in Albany, New York depict events in the life of Jesus Christ. The fifth portrays The Wedding at Cana.

This work shows Jesus, his mother, the bride and groom, the water becoming wine as a servant pours it into a jar, and the chief steward examining the water made wine.

The Wedding at Cana - Stained Glass Window - Church of St. Vincent de Paul - Albany, New York

The Wedding at Cana

SOURCE: The Wedding at Cana. Stained Glass Window in the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Albany, New York. Created approximately 1904-1908 in Munich, Germany. Photographed by Stephen J. Danko 09 Jul 2007.

{2:1} And on the third day, a wedding was held in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
{2:2} Now Jesus was also invited to the wedding, with his disciples.
{2:3} And when the wine was failing, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
{2:4} And Jesus said to her: “What is that to me and to you, woman? My hour has not yet arrived.”
{2:5} His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
{2:6} Now in that place, there were six stone water jars, for the purification ritual of the Jews, containing two or three measures each.
{2:7} Jesus said to them, “Fill the water jars with water.” And they filled them to the very top.
{2:8} And Jesus said to them, “Now draw from it, and carry it to the chief steward of the feast.” And they took it to him.
{2:9} Then, when the chief steward had tasted the water made into wine, since he did not know where it was from, for only the servants who had drawn the water knew, the chief steward called the groom,
{2:10} and he said to him: “Every man offers the good wine first, and then, when they have become inebriated, he offers what is worse. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
{2:11} This was the beginning of the signs that Jesus accomplished in Cana of Galilee, and it manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

SOURCE: Conte, Ronald L. Jr., translator and editor.  The Sacred Bible. Catholic Public Domain Version. John 2:1-11. Online <http://www.sacredbible.org/catholic/NT-04_John.htm>. Accessed 14 Jul 2007.

This stained glass window includes the inscription: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Mr Mrs James Brennan”.

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Copyright © 2007 by Stephen J. Danko

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One Response to The Wedding at Cana

  1. Jodi Hull says:

    Hi Steven,
    I am creating a motion graphics piece for Easter on the life of Christ and wondered if I could have your permission to use this image. It would be on the screen for approximately 10 seconds and I would certainly credit your photography in the credits section of the work.

    I am (of course) a little tight for my deadline, so if you could let me know one way or another as soon as possible, it would be great.
    Jodi Hull
    PraiseGathering Music Group

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