A total of 600 couples on Saturday made their marriage vows in a grand holy matrimony event held at Christian Life Church (CLC) in Makerere Kavule.
The couples were led into the vows by Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga as part of the church’s popular revival meeting dubbed, P5 an abbreviation of 5 blessing from God (Praise, Prayer, Power, Prosperity and Permanent Miracle).
The couples in company of their witnesses including the best man and the matron came from different parts of the country.
They included two army officers and three People with Disability (PWDs).
These were required to pay a registration fee of Sh450, 000 which would be used to cater for hiring the wedding gown, a suit for the groom, salon, marriage certificate, a cake, flowers as well as lunch for all their invited guests.
Pastor Senyonga, the chief celebrant called upon the congregation to use the day to celebrate and thank God who enabled to take such an important life step.
“We gather in the presence of God to give thanks for the gift of marriage, to witness the joining of the couples; to surround them with our prayers and ask God’s blessing so that they may be strengthened for what lies ahead of them,” Ssenyonga said.
The pastor advised newlyweds to be committed to one another, which is God’s intention of marriage.
“This is a very important commitment and it can’t be entered in carelessly or for selfish motives. Marriage requires responsibility, thought and prayers. We rejoice that marriage is given by God, he created marriage and it is made in heaven.”
Pastor Eve Ssenyonga observed that marriage is celebrated because it is about love, noting, “Statistics show that 90 percent of the songs and movies that circulate not only in Uganda are about love; either one sings about those they love, those that disappointed them.”
She advised the couples to be patient and gracious to one another, bearing each others’ weakness so as to build a strong family and the nation.
One of the oldest grooms, Aston Hamba Apuuli, 74, a resident of Nsasa in Kira and a retired civil servant married to Helen Kabaseke 56, expressed excitement for having reached such a day when his children and grand child have come to witness them making vows to one another.
“I married my first wife when I was 23 but I didn’t take a wedding serious but now all I can tell the youth to understand that being committed to one another is best thing in life,” Hamba said.