June 1, 2011
When one thinks of Cana, weddings and miracles come to mind. We were in the town where Jesus turned water into wine during a wedding feast, as requested by the blessed Virgin Mary. The group gathered inside the First Miracle Church. It isn’t a grand basilica but a small Franciscan church tucked away from the busy streets of Cana. The six couples looked pretty much excited to be walking down the aisle once more but minus the beautiful white gowns and the barong tagalogs.
Everything was perfect and solemn. Fr. John delivered a beautiful mass while I caught a few stolen glances from those renewing their vows. Kilig! A beautiful song was dedicated to the six couples as you can see in the short video below.
The “reception” at the hotel wasn’t solemn at all. There was the cutting of the cake and wine. (Thanks, Willy and Johnip, you sure know how to pick ‘em.) Things got a bit rowdy with the well wishes, the chiding and loads of laughter.
As for the missing husband? This happened when we were ready to leave for Cana. One of the women called out, “Wait! My husband is missing!” It took a while to find him. Good thing he had the presence of mind to return to the restaurant we had lunch in. A round of applause and laughter filled the coach.
“Siguro ayaw mo magpakasal ulit, ano? Wala kang ligtas!”
“O ano, ayaw mo na ba magpakasal?”
All these comments cracked us up but as we settled in our seats, our dear couple were discreetly holding hands. Precious. Now that made the renewal of vows at Cana one to remember for a very long time.