Kafr Cana

The first miracle  in the journey of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John took place in Kfar Cana. Kfar Cana is located in the Galilee, north region  of Israel, near Nazareth.

Jesus and his mother were invited to a wedding, and when the wine runs out, Jesus performs a miracle by turning water into wine.

“They have no wine,” and Jesus replied, “O Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour has not yet come.” John 2:1-11

Key Events:

  • Location of first miracle of Jesus.
  • Nobleman’s son healed here.
  • Nathanael was from here (brother of Phillip)

Kfar Cana - The site:

Kfar Cana Location

Cana’s actual location is uncertain, with at least three possible candidates.

But the commemoration of the miracle of the wine is traditionally fixed at Kefer-Kenna (also known as Kfar-Cana), 5km north-east of Nazareth on the road to Tiberias.

What happened in Kfar Cana?

Here the Franciscans, relying on the testimony of early pilgrims including St Jerome, established themselves in 1641. Therefore, its here where the street side vendors sell Cana wine.

The Franciscans believe excavations beneath their present church, dating from the early 1900s, confirm the existence of an early place of worship. It can be,  perhaps, a Jewish-Christian synagogue, on the site.

Beneath the sacristy of the present Franciscan church were found remains of dwellings dated back to the 1st century and an ancient basilica with three apses in cross-like form. In a crypt a small stone cistern was found fitted into a flagstone floor.

Not far from the Franciscan church is the Greek Orthodox Church of the Marriage Feast. Two large stone jars claimed to be two of the original water pots. But archaeologist Rivka Gonen says “they seem to be old baptismal fonts”.

The town also has a chapel dedicated to St Bartholomew, who some scholars identify with Nathanael of Cana.

The second visit

In The journey of Jesus Christ, Jesus visited twice in Cana. The second time Jesus visited Cana, he was met by a distressed official of the court of Herod Antipas (John 4:46-49). The official lived at Capernaum, which Jesus was soon to make his home town. The officialand he had come to plead for his son, who was dying.

Jesus, who had earlier proved he could make good wine from water, now showed he could heal from 30km away. “Go; your son will live,” he told the official.

Pilgrims of faith

One of the early pilgrims to Cana, the Anonymous Pilgrim of Piacenza, confessed in 570 to an act of religious graffiti. “Our Lord was at the wedding,” he wrote, “and we reclined upon his very couch upon which I, unworthy that I am, wrote the names of my parents.”

Another possible site for Cana, preferred by many modern scholars, is the ruined village of Khirbet Kana , 12km northwest of Nazareth.

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From the Bible:

  • John 2:1 NIV

    On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there.

  • John 2:11 NIV

    This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

  • John 4:46 NIV

    Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.

  • John 21:2 NIV

    Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.

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