By AYIGA ONDOGA AND BEN OKETHWENGU
Pomp and excitement engulfed Christians of Nebbi Cathedral, in Nebbi Town on Saturday as 219 couples exchanged marriage vows to remain together till death does them apart in a mass wedding.
The wedding was organized by Nebbi Catholic diocese and sponsored by friends and well-wishers through St Peters Clever, Mulagu community parish.
The Bishop of Nebbi Catholic diocese Rt Rev Lino Sanctus Wanok presided over the mass which he described as the first of its kind in his pastoral work.
“It was on Saturday that God created human beings in his image and the image was in form of man and woman. Today in our diocese, we are experiencing a historic event that I have not witnessed in my life, that God is creating 219 families not in their ways but through sacrament of matrimony,” The Bishop said.
The couples who were mostly above 40 years of age could not hide their excitement as they kept on showing their loves to their better halves to the over 5000 congregation who turned up to witness the occasion.
Some of the congregation came from Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bishop Wanok his homily said that couples should guard their love and matrimony jealously. He also urged parents to use the right family methods which are accepted by God to enable them have children that they can take care off.
Simon feeds his wife, Alba during the mass wedding at Nebbi Catholic Cathedral on Saturday (24 march, 2012). BY Ayiga Ondoga.
“Guard your Matrimony jealously even God will support you because there is no place for a second wife in the bible but also do not produce children without plan because you will fail to take care of them,” he said.
But most of the couples appreciated the initiative of the mass wedding. They argue that they would not have had the resources to organize the wedding on their own. “I wanted to wed long time but only I was being limited by resources.
I can remember that I tried four times to organized wedding on my own but I could not manage, I feel this is the best practice and I will live with this woman till death,” said Walter Opoka, 62, a resident of Nebbi Town who wedded Margaret Obotho,47.
Faustine Opyem, 71 with his wife Yerusa Anewa, 40 said it was golden chance for them. Opyem who confessed that he married Anewa in 2009 after losing his matrimonial wife said that it was another happy moment in his life.
“When I lost my wife in 2008 I thought I had lost everything but later I got Yerusa who brought me hope, now with this wedding I am the happiest person,” he said.
Bishop Wanok said that by the end of the year the diocese would wed at least 10,000 couples in the 16 parishes of Nebbi Catholic diocese. He said that over 100 couples have also registered in Parombo parish to wed in May.
Couples during the mass wedding at Nebbi. BY Ayiga Ondoga.
Grooms serve their Brides during the mass wedding at Nebbi Catholic Cathedral on Saturday (mar 24, 2012).BY Ayiga Ondoga.