…As Rev. Fr. Jude Nwankwo, Family Members Bid Adieu to Late Mother
By Anthony Akin-Amolafe
In celebration of a life well lived, the family of the late Madam Bridget Elebemchi Nwankwo (Nee Ogochukwu), laid her to rest on Saturday, 14, January at her husband’s residence, Aguluzigbo, Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State.
The event began on Friday, 13th January 2022, with a vigil Mass. Rev. Fr. Nicholas Okekeocha, the homilist, thanked God for the life of the deceased, describing it as long and eventful.
Further dwelling on the time lived by Mrs Nwankwo, the priest explained that there was time for everything on earth, the time to sow and the time to reap, and that the deceased’s time on earth ended at 84 years. He admonished everyone to make proper use of the time they were given to work with God’s time which he described as the best.
The event continued on Saturday where the body of the deceased was taken from the mortuary to her father’s residence and then to the husband’s where friends and family were given the opportunity to pay their last respects before heading to the church for the burial Mass.
The burial Mass on Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Aguluuzigbo, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, was presided over by his Lordship, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, the diocesan bishop of Awka.
In his homily at the burial Mass, Bishop Ezeokafor laid emphasis on the importance of celebrating Mass for the dead. ‘Celebration of Mass for the dead brings us closer to God,’ he said, while explaining that a true and good Christian would always prepare well while still on earth. He went further to explain that God created man for a purpose and that God would never fail, even when people deceived their fellow humans.
After the Mass, the event continued with the interment of the deceased after which friends and family came to pay their condolences.