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No Confirmation, no marriage in Abeokuta Diocese from 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Peter Odetoyinbo has declared that from January 2021, all intending couples in the diocese must receive Sacrament of Confirmation before they can have their wedding celebrated in the Church.

According to the Bishop, who gave the declaration at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Akute, while administering the Sacrament of Confirmation on 545 faithful of the parish, said each of the Sacraments in the Church leads to the other, positing that it was not proper to jump any of them.

He noted that the Sacrament of Confirmation completes the process of Christian initiation of faithful into the Church and completes baptismal grace.

He said, “It perfects the common priesthood of the faithful received at baptism and bestows the power to profess faith in Jesus Christ publicly. With the Sacrament of Confirmation, the faithful are more perfectly united to the Church and enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. They are true witnesses of Christ; more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed”.

The Bishop appealed to married couples that are yet to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to expedite action, and do the necessary things for them to receive the Sacrament become ‘complete members’ of the church.

He noted that for the faithful to be true witnesses of Jesus Christ, they must allow the Holy Spirit to take possession of their souls.

Speaking on importance of choosing a saint name for Confirmation, Bishop Odetoyinbo admonished the confirmands to emulate the life of their patron Saints in their earthly journey towards heaven and invoke their intercession whenever they are at crossroads in their lives.

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