Kafr Kanna Things to Do

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    The Wedding Church 2

    by machomikemd Written Sep 6, 2013
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    Part 2 of my two part tip of the wedding church with more pictures

    The origins of the wedding church is from the 4rth century when empress helena, the christian mother of the then pagan and then became christian emperor of Roman Empire, Constantine, built a church here at Karf Kanna, this was identified with the remains of a large building found by travellers to Kafr Kanna in the 17th century. The Franciscans became established here in 1641 and began building the present church over an older church in 1879. It was consecrated in 1883.
    Inside, the church has two levels. The upper church has a chapel surmounted by a simple dome. In the nave just before the stairs is a fragment of a Byzantine mosaic dating from the 5th or 6th century and preserves the name of the donor in Aramaic: "In memory of the pious Joseph, son of Tanhum, son of Bota and of his children who made this table, may it be for them a blessing, Amen." The lower church has a chapel and a small museum with artifacts from the site, including a winepress, a plastered cistern and vessels of various dates. One old jar is said to be one of the six jars used for the miracle and since 2000, there is a large courtyard built at the side of the church where couples can have their wedding vows renewed (if the main altar and the small chapel underneath the church is full).

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    The Wedding Church 1

    by machomikemd Written Sep 6, 2013
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    Part one of my two part tip of the wedding church with more pictures

    The origins of the wedding church is from the 4rth century when empress helena, the christian mother of the then pagan and then became christian emperor of Roman Empire, Constantine, built a church here at Karf Kanna, this was identified with the remains of a large building found by travellers to Kafr Kanna in the 17th century. The Franciscans became established here in 1641 and began building the present church over an older church in 1879. It was consecrated in 1883.
    Inside, the church has two levels. The upper church has a chapel surmounted by a simple dome. In the nave just before the stairs is a fragment of a Byzantine mosaic dating from the 5th or 6th century and preserves the name of the donor in Aramaic: "In memory of the pious Joseph, son of Tanhum, son of Bota and of his children who made this table, may it be for them a blessing, Amen." The lower church has a chapel and a small museum with artifacts from the site, including a winepress, a plastered cistern and vessels of various dates. One old jar is said to be one of the six jars used for the miracle and since 2000, there is a large courtyard built at the side of the church where couples can have their wedding vows renewed (if the main altar and the small chapel underneath the church is full).

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    Wedding Church

    by Childish Written Apr 13, 2007

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    Cana in Galilee, Wedding Church
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    The Franciscans Church in Cana was built in19th century on a place of a mosque, which had been built on the place of a synagogue dating back to the 5th century. The Franciscans bought the land near the mosque in 1641 but had to wait for more two centuries to build the church in 1879.

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    Jesus Changes Water to Wine

    by Childish Written Apr 13, 2007

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    Cana in Galilee, Greek Orthodox Church
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    New Testament, John 2
    Jesus Changes Water to Wine
    1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
    4"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."
    5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
    6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[a]
    7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.
    8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."
    They did so, 9and 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 10and 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."
    11This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

    This is the first miracle done by Jesus. He and his mother were guests on a wedding, most likely of some close relatives. When the wine is gone, Mary asked Jesus for help. His answer means that the time to reveal himself does not come yet. Anyway, he turns water into wine.

    The current church belongs to the Greek Orthodox. It is quite new, the columns in the yard are remains from an older church. We weren't allowed to visit the church, and there was no explanation why.

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    The wedding church

    by Bregman Written Jul 1, 2005
    Kafr Kanna

    This is the traditional site where Jesus turned water into wine. In the church there is an old mosaic with a Hebrew text, dating back to Jesus times.

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