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The Stone Jar of Cana's Wedding

Idria delle nozze di CanaIn the Diocese museum, which is close to the cathedral of Brindisi, there is a stone jar, which presumably was brought into the city by the Crusaders directly from the Holy Land itself.

There has always been speculation of its authenticity, to be one of the six containers (jars) where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine, at the Jewish wedding in the Galilee village of Cana, between Nazareth and Capernaum (Israel).
This first miracle is covered in the Gospel of John 2.1 verse 11, where Jesus, mother Mary and his twelve disciples were invited to this ceremony and it was Mary herself who proposed that her son to turn the pure water in the six vases, into fine fragrant wine.

We do not know the destiny of the six jars, or if in fact the one in the museum is authentic, but it would certainly mean that this would be miraculous in itself, if it was.
Ancient stories of the '800's tell of how it was usual to show this container on the Epiphany (that was the day of celebration of the Wedding in Cana) and that it was "supposed to be" one of the six vases used during the miracle.

Affresco della scene delle Nozze di Cana - S.Maria del Casale (BR)In the past, even the Vatican Church acknowledged the authenticity of the Jar, as stated in a document of 1585 and in another one of 1638. Moreover, another proof might be that the only painting about the Cana Wedding is a fresco in St. Maria del Casale Church, in Brindisi (see the photo on the right).

The jar inspired other important painters as well, like Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) for his representation of the Wedding scene.

The jug is made from veined marble and is flared in shape. It is 49cm high and has a circumference of 88cm; with a capacity of about 22 liters.

It has a double handle on one side and the other side the handle is broken off.
For many years, dating back to at least 1659, this vase was kept at the reliquary of St. Theodore. But during restorations to this church, in 1957 due to war damage, this historic artifact was moved to its present location.

Giuseppe Roma, 1970 rintracciata a Brindisi una della sei idrie di Cana di Galilea - 1970

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