Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Epistle • Apoc. 12:1-16Lesson from the Book of the Apocalypse of blessed John the Apostle.
[The vision of the woman clothed with the sun is, by allusion, applied to Our Blessed Lady.]
A great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under Her feet, and on Her head a crown of twelve stars. And She brought forth a man-child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and Her Son was taken up to God, and to His throne.
And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that She might fly into the desert unto Her place. And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river: that he might cause Her to be carried away by the river. And the earth helped the Woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Gospel • John 2:1-11
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
[Miracle of Cana in Galilee: a type of transubstantiation.]
At that time there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the Mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the marriage. And the wine failing, the Mother of Jesus saith to Him: They have no wine. And Jesus saith to Her: Woman, what is that to Me and to Thee? My hour is not yet come. His Mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.
Now there were set there six water-pots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece. Jesus saith to them: Fill the water-pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And Jesus said to them: Draw out now, and carry to the chief steward of the feast. And they carried it.
And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine, and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had drawn the water: the chief steward calleth the bridegroom, and saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine: and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee; and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.