Henceforth, couples who wed in the church and return home thereafter to stage a traditional wedding ceremony stand the risk of having their marriage certificates withdrawn by the church.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD made this known recently at a one-day Synod/Diocesan Board meeting at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) in Owerri.
Bishop Okorocha admonished intending couples to also desist from living together as husband and wife until they are formally joined together in holy matrimony.
The prelate who presided over the synod reminded the synod delegates and the Diocesan Board members of an earlier resolution of the Diocese not to take part in a burial of any member of the church that is not in good standing as at the time of death.
Earlier in an admonition, the Vicar of CATOL Owerri, Ven. Dr. Akajiaku Chukwuocha, had urged all Christians to strive and be reconciled to Christ and “to know what God has called each of us to be, or do in the Ministry of Reconciliation.”
He reminded Christians that they are what they are today by the special grace of God, adding that when the life of any Christian does not reflect Jesus who, he said, has called the one to the message of reconciliation, then that one should see himself as having a problem that requires deliverance.
Ven. Chukwuocha warned against anything that would lead to distractions, but allow themselves to be involved in things that are capable of driving their passions in order to be reconciled and saved.