Scripture Verse

There was a marriage in Cana of Galilee…and both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage. John 2:1–2


John Berridge (1716–1793)

Words: John Ber­ridge, in the Gos­pel Ma­ga­zine, Au­gust 1775.

Music: Sab­ba­ta Hen­ri F. He­my, Crown of Je­sus Mu­sic 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of He­my (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

The Marriage at Cana
Marten de Vos, 1597


Since Je­sus freely did appear
To grace a marriage feast
O Lord, we ask Thy presence here,
To make a wedding guest.

Upon the bridal pair look down,
Who now have plighted hands;
Their union with Thy favor crown,
And bless the nuptial bands.

With gifts of grace their hearts endow,
Of all rich dowries blest;
Their substance bless, and peace bestow,
To sweeten all the rest.

In purest love their souls unite,
That they with Chris­tian care,
May make domestic burdens light,
By taking mutual share.

True helpers may they prove indeed,
In prayer, and faith, and hope;
And see with joy a godly seed
To build their household up.

As Isaac and Rebecca give
A pattern chaste and kind;
So may this new-met couple live
In faithful friendship joined.

On every soul assembled here
O make Thy face to shine!
Thy goodness more our hearts can cheer
Than richest food or wine.