The Marriage at Cana, by Gaetano Gandolfi, 1766
On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign – at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast (cf. Jn 2:1-11). (CCC 1613)
From Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition
“At Cana in Galilee there is shown only one concrete aspect of human need, apparently a small one of little importance (“They have no wine”). But it has a symbolic value: this coming to the aid of human needs means, at the same time, bringing those needs within the radius of Christ’s messianic mission and salvific power. . . . Mary places herself between her Son and mankind in the reality of their wants, needs and sufferings.”
St. John Paul II
And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
L’Innocence, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1893
Prayer to Mary, Mother of Divine Love
by Pope Pius XII
To you, O Mary,
are known all the needs of your people
and of the whole Church.
Mother of Truth and Seat of Wisdom,
dissipate the clouds of error which darken our minds.
Amend the straying’s of our hearts
and inspire in us love for truth
and the desire to do good.
Obtain for all people a holy fear of God
so that society may know happiness.
Give us lively faith that we may trust
in those things which are imperishable.
Give us that love which is sealed forever in God.
Obtain for families fidelity, harmony, and peace.
Stir up and confirm in the hearts
of those who govern nations
a clear notion of their responsibility,
and of their duty to foster religion,
morality, and the common good.
And just as your mercy is showered upon souls, O Mary,
may it likewise flow over all those ills
which afflict this people,
and indeed the whole Christian family.
Have pity on the poor, on captives,
on all who bear persecution
for the sake of justice,
or are stricken by misfortune.
Hail, O Mary,
Mother of those who wander here below;
you are our life,
and our hope.
O Mother of Divine Love,
send down your motherly blessing
on all who pray to you;
send it abundantly and consolingly.
Child Jesus, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1675-1682
Prayer to the Holy Family
O most loving Jesus,
who by Thy sublime and beautiful virtues of humility,
obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience and gentleness,
and by the example of Thy domestic life,
didst bless with peace and happiness
the family Thou didst choose on earth,
in Thy clemency look down upon this household,
humbly prostrate before Thee and imploring Thy mercy.
Remember that this family belongs to Thee;
for to Thee we have in a special way
dedicated and devoted ourselves.
Look upon us in Thy loving kindness;
preserve us from danger;
give us help in time of need,
and grant us the grace to persevere
to the end in the imitation of Thy Holy Family;
that having revered Thee
and loved Thee faithfully on earth,
we may bless and praise Thee eternally in heaven.
O Mary, most sweet Mother,
to thy intercession we have recourse,
knowing that thy Divine Son will hear thy prayers.
And do thou, O glorious Patriarch, St. Joseph,
assist us by thy powerful mediation,
and offer, by the hands of Mary,
our prayers to Jesus.