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By Regina Igwebuike

Amawbia (Awka South LGA), June 17, 2019 (MOI) A Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Vincent Oguejiofor has identified companionship and mutual understanding as essential factors needed for sustainable marriages.

Fr. Oguejiofor said this in a homily during a wedding mass between Mr John Oye and Miss Vivian Oguejiofor at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church Amawbia on June 15.

He noted that in marriages unlike institutions of learning, had sharp contrasts as certificates would be issued at the beginning, while in schools, certificates would be issued only after graduation.

The prelate, a cousin to the bride, described marriage as life-long relationships that require sacrifice, quality service and time as well as physical touch.

According to him, marriage does not have expiry dates and invitations are usually to the couple as a family.

``If you want to invite a married man or woman to any occasion, so long as both are still living together, they are usually addressed as `Mr and Mrs’ so as to help to keep the bonding,’’ he said.

``Marriage is not like products with expiry dates: `it is for better, for worse until deaths do us part’.’’

Fr. Oguejiofor while advising the new couple, to learn how to forgive and cover the backs of each other, urging them to be prayerful and commit their problems to God.

At the reception ceremony, the groom’s uncle, Dr Victor Oye, National Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) said that he was confident that the marriage would be exemplary.

He noted that his nephew towed the part of Christ very early in life, in heading so many organisations in the parish and deanery at Diocesan levels.

The APGA chieftain said that he was optimistic that God would raise a priest from his father’s lineage.

``I am an ex-seminarian; the groom’s eldest brother is a Monk. I thought that the groom would become a priest when he was serving as an improvised seminarian,’’ he revealed.

In a vote of thanks, the groom, staff of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade, thanked the invited guests that graced the occasion, wishing them journey mercies.

He also urged youths who were ripe for marriage not to hesitate to marry but pray for God’s in their choice of life partners.

Dignitaries at the occasion include former Director, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Ikem Odumodu, Member Representing Aguata 1 Constituency in the Anambra House of Assembly, Mr Carter Umeh.

Some members of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Amawbia chapter attended in company of their wives. (MOI)