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St. Sylvester Catholic Church, New Nyanya, Nassarawa State at the weekend wedded 80 couples in fulfillment of the sacrament of holy matrimony in a unique and historic ceremony.
The marriage ceremony and the sacrament of confirmation put together by the Parish Priest of St. Sylvester Catholic Church New Nyanya, Reverend Father Lawrence Soja Anyembugu, were part of the activities lined up for first pastoral visit of the Catholic Bishop of Lafia Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Ishaya Audu to the Independent Mission.
Most Reverend Mathew Ishaya Audu who wedded the couples, admonished them to cloth themselves with the love of Christ in order to have a sustainable marriage life, stressing that marriage without love is meaningless.
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Bishop Mathew Audu, while citing many examples that could cause marriages to fail, called on them to avoid pitfalls that would lead to regrets, adding that exemplary Christian life was the key to successful marriages.
The Public Relations Officer of the church, Mr. Ewache John Ajefu, in a statement, noted that the ceremony was unique and historic in the annals of St. Sylvester Catholic Church’s history, and was indeed a day of joy for the parishioners.
New Nyanya, a district of Karu Local Government Area, is a town in Nasarawa State. It is among the towns that make up the Karu Urban Area, a conurbation of towns stretching into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). New Nyanya is loosely considered as part of the metropolitan area of Abuja and has been hit twice by Boko Haram.
In May, Bishop Mathew Audu, also wedded 109 couples on his third pastoral visit to St. Martin`s Catholic Church, Masaka, Nassarawa state.
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Mass weddings in Catholic Church like this one with 80 couples is a culture imbibed by the church to enable couples with little finances wed in the church.