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The 26 newest couples of St Michael's Parish, GRA, Abagana pose with their parish priest, Rev Fr Anselm Otie and the parish catechist after the Mass Wedding, April 8, 2017.

Twenty-six couples were on Saturday, April 8, 2017 joined in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony during a well attended Mass wedding organized for St Michaels' Catholic Parish, GRA, Abagana, Njikoka L.G.A, Anambra State for her parishioners.
The couples, who were previously co-habiting, were visibly joyous as their unions were blessed in the well attended solemn wedding ceremony. It was a sight to behold as the husbands turned chief bridesmaids as they held the wedding veils and the children formed the bridal train.
In his homily of the wedding Mass, the parish priest of St Michael the Arch Angel Catholic Parish, GRA, Abagana, Rev Fr Anselm Otie, who received the marital vows of the 26 couples, urged them to uphold the sanctity and sacredness of the Holy Matrimony which they received. He tasked the couples on constant prayer life, patience, peace and understanding which he said are the ingredients of successful marriage life.
The parish priest, who charged the couples to attach strict importance to proper formation of their children, enjoined the husbands to live up to their responsibilities as the heads and the bread winners of their family as well as be ready to make sacrifices for the wellbeing of their families.
He charged the wives and mothers who he said play important roles in the proper formation of the children, to train their children and wards very well, so as to enjoy the joy of motherhood.
Fr Otie flayed parents, who quarrel and fight teachers for flogging their children in school, saying that such act of defending their children in their presence would ruin the future of the children. He warned couples against giving third parties the opportunity to deceive them and cause problems in their marriages, urging couples to at all times strive to build and preserve their families, so as to enjoy the gains in future.
Speaking to the press, one of the couples, Mr. Pius & Mrs. Angela Nwabunwanne, who had lived for two years before their wedding, thanked God and the parish for counting them part of the wedding joy which preceded the Holy Week and Easter Season.

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