10 couples of Mt. Carmel Parish played host to friends and relatives as they were formally joined in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony during a mass wedding held at the centenary parish, recently.
The couples whose names were given as Mr. and Mrs.: Anthony Ogbonna Ohale, Daniel Opara, Declan Ohale, Charles Obichere, Gabriel Anosike, Berineth Anale, Emmanuel Aguh, Michael Eewunanyanwu, Anthony Osuji and Kingsley Nnosike; were all treated to a warm reception where they perform the cake cutting ritual, courtesy of the parish CWO.
Ndidiamaka Mbata, the parish CWO President who spoke to this reporter expressed delight for the couples whom she described as new converts. She said the CWO as part of their contribution to the wedding, provided a cake for the couples and did a thorough sensitization for the members that resulted to the positive response to the mass wedding. She charged the couples to register into CWO and CMO so as to take full active role in the affairs of the church, expressing optimism that with this move and with the Holy Spirit upon them they would experience great changes in their families.
The mass wedding was marked with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro and was assisted by Frs. Eustace Nwanekwu, Eunan Asomogha and Boniface Iwu.
In his homily, Fr. Eunan Asomogha noted that marriage is a celebration of love which is God, because God is love, adding that marriage which is an empowerment empowers man to be co-creator with his God.
He maintained that mass wedding is in no way inferior to sole wedding, pointing out that the wedding rituals perform in both makes it a complete sacrament of matrimony.
The former Cathedral Administrator observed that marriage is like a vicious cycle that leaves us with a challenge of passing the culture of marriage and family values to our children rnust as it was handed over to us by our parents.
He challenged the couples to ensure the improvement of their children’s welfare better than they were while under the care of their own parents, adding that this can only be possible if they make God the centre of their lives.
The homilist admonished the couples to make prayer a daily routine in their homes. He further cautioned them against keeping any record of evil deed done to them, but to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, adding that in the other hand, no good deed done to any of the couples should be seen as being enough for any of the couple.
Also present at the Mass were members of the Archdiocesan Choir, who contributed in spicing up the liturgy with soul-uplifting songs.
The parish priest and zonal vicar, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro who spoke in an interview, condemned the exorbitant cost couples incur in organizing their traditional marriage, regretting that this causes couples to delay and even think otherwise in coming to the church for the sacrament of matrimony. He called on the church authorities and the traditional rulers of Owerri to address the abuses and impediments to marriage in this contemporary society.