Scripture Verse

There was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. John 2:1

Introduction

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Gottfried W. Fink
(1783–1846)

Words: Ad­e­laide Thrupp (stan­zas 1 & 3), Psalms and Hymns 1853; God­frey Thring (stan­za 2), 1882.

Music: Beth­le­hem (Fink) Gott­fried W. Fink, 1842 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Thrupp or Thring (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Marriage at Cana
Gerard David (1460–1523)

Lyrics

Lord, who at Cana’s wedding feast
Didst as a guest appear,
Thou dearer far than earthly guest,
Vouchsafe Thy presence here.
For holy Thou indeed dost prove
The marriage vow to be,
Proclaiming it a type of love
Between the Church and Thee.

This holy vow that man can make,
The golden thread in life,
The bond that none may dare to break,
That bindeth man and wife,
Which, blest by Thee, whate’er betide,
No evil shall destroy,
Through careworn days each care divides
And doubles every joy.

On those who now before Thee kneel,
O Lord, Thy blessing pour,
That each may wake the other’s zeal
To love Thee more and more.
Oh, grant them here in peace to live,
In purity and love,
And, this world leaving, to receive
A crown of life above.