OLQM, Sabo Lugbe
By Ekeleme C Chibuzo
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, (OLQM) Sabo-Lugbe to join themselves in Holy Matrimony. It was joy to the full when nine couples came out boldly at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, (OLQM) Sabo-Lugbe to join themselves in Holy Matrimony.

The atmosphere was indeed charged with celebrations as many Parishioners turned up to rejoice with their loved ones on this historic occasion. Friends and relations were on hand to complement and felicitate with the celebrants.

The Mass for the solemnization ceremony was presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Vincent Idnawojo, CSSp who concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Benjamin Daudu, CSSp, the resident priest.

Fr. Idnawojo welcomed all persons who gathered for the occasion and congratulated the celebrants for this wonderful step they took in faith, making their marriage a sacramental union.

In his homily, Rev. Fr. Idanwojo, CSSp stated that marriage is God’s property where man is only the custodian. He said, “it is God who originated it, it is God who ordained it and it is only God that can make it prosper. That is why as Jesus came, part of what he came to sanctify is the institution of marriage”.

He added that even in the ministry of Jesus, in trying to bring to bear the reality of his own ministry of death and resurrection, Jesus ministry is considered as a ministry that has features of marriage. Jesus is considered the bridegroom while the church is considered as the bride.

He explained further that “St Paul used marriage to talk to us today as he says husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church, his bride. Again wives, be submissive to your husbands as the church is submissive to Christ, its head. Husbands honor your wives; wives respect your husbands.”

He paid glowing tribute to the men for really packaging their wives to look attractive and presentable just as Christ is packaging the church to look splendid, no wrinkles and spotless before the Father on the last day.

Fr. Vincent Idanwojo, also expressed happiness for the successful couples for having made it; passing through the rigorous of preparation and providing the necessary documents to support their marriage celebrations.

He expressed gratitude to God for having led the celebrants thus far, and however, admonished the couples that when God sanctifies their marriage, they become new in Christ.

He therefore prayed for the grace of sanctification upon the married couples in their homes even as he charged the newly wedded to be responsible in their new assignment as married couples in the church. According to him “the grace of sanctification singles you out from the rest; it does not only bless you but also transfers some level of responsibility to you. The bible says to whom much is given, much is expected. When Jesus sanctifies you, he upgrades and instructs you; this and that you cannot do again, because your life now belongs to each other and you are accountable to God alone. Thus you must love your wives absolutely, whenever you dishonor your wives you are dishonouring God and He will call you to account for your behaviours. Likewise you wives, anytime you refuse to submit to your husband you are disobeying God”.

The occasion witnessed several relations and parishioners who came to celebrate with the couples. Among those who wedded were Mr. and Mrs. Ihekuna Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Amatokwu, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and others.

One of the celebrants, Mr. Ihekuna who spoke to Good Shepherd expressed delight in having their long awaited dream accomplished in 2016. For him, no other gift is more precious this year than the joy of being wedded in the church with his beloved wife.

He urged those who are still foot-dragging in this area to do the same and become full members of the universal church.

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