By Nick Chibunna
It was a blissful weekend for the family of the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike, JP, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru and his wife, Mrs. Anuli Maduwike, JP, (Nnedinma Ikeduru) when they celebrated their silver jubilee wedding anniversary.
The event which took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Mathew, Atta, in the Ikeduru Council Area of Imo State attracted dignitaries from far and near.
In a homily entitled, “A good wife makes happy home”, the Bishop of Isi Mbano Anglican Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Godson Ukanwa called on married couples to always remain one in love as there are still many anniversaries to celebrate.
He recalled the couples’ journey through life, and said that marriage in all ramifications is full of ups and downs, sweet and bitters, thorns and roses and for better and for worse.
Bishop Ukanwa thanked God who had led the couple all these years, especially during critical situations and prayed to God to always sustain them.
He said that happy and successful marriage is anchored on three dispensations which he listed as, love and maturity, desire, and submission, adding that for Bishop Emma Maduwike to have married Mrs. Anuli Madwuike as wife, he must have displayed innate love and maturity, with strong desire and affections to do so.
The prelate beckoned on wives to always submit to their husbands according to God’s ordinance as marriage is a process and not an event, adding that marriage according to God’s ordinance is meant to be enjoyed and not to be managed.
Admonishing from “The Song of Solomon” 4:1, Bishop Ukanwa said that husbands should see their wives as embodiment of beauty, and that wives should adore their husbands as Lord, adding that by so doing love takes its preeminence and families built on the solid rock which is Christ.
He described marriage as a mystery that symbolizes the love or union of Christ with His Church, and thanked Bishop Maduwike and his beloved wife, Mrs. Anuli Maduwike for remaining in love all these years.
The event in which marriage vows for the couple was reaffirmed featured among other things, Eucharistic service, toast and testimonies, special song ministration by the couple’s children and the cutting of the silver jubilee wedding cake as its high point.
The Eucharistic session was celebrated by the Bishop of Egbu Diocese; the Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, while the Archbishop and Bishop of Orlu Diocese, the Most Rev. B.C. Okoro conducted the reaffirmation of the marriage vows.
The Old Testament lesson taken from the Song of Songs 2:3-7 was read by the Bishop’s wife, Mrs. Anuli Maduwike, the epistle from the Ephesians 5: 22-32 was read by the Bishop’s son, Barr. Chibuzo Maduwike while the Gospel, from Jn. 15:9-17 was taken by the Bishop Chaplain, Rev. Emmanuel Onyerogbulem.
The chairman of the occasion at the reception was Sir (Dr.) Enoch Iwueze who admonished on the virtures of family life and thanked the Bishop and his wife for remaining one in love.
He described Bishop Emma Maduwike as a charismatic preacher whom God is still using to touch many lives.
By Nick Chibunna