Finally, four inmates were able to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony with their long-time partners at the Bulacan Provincial Chapel, Malolos City, as part of the Prison Awareness Week initiated by the Diocese of Malolos’ Volunteers in Prison Service.
With Bulacan Provincial Jail (BPJ) chaplain Fr. Ricardo C. Moraga celebrating the Holy Mass and officiating the marriage rites on October 29, the brides and grooms were reminded that married life should be governed by “the presence God”.
“For the meantime, you shall be separated by the bars of the prison yet you should be united in mind and heart through prayer,” explained Rev. Arvin Ray C. Jimenez, who gave the homily.
Urging the couples to always pray for one another, Jimenez said the sacrament of marriage is primarily “a sacrament of God’s love.”
Reflecting further upon the liturgy’s first reading, 1 Corinthians 13:3-13, he said the couples should be “patient, enduring, and hopeful”. These three virtues, Jimenez said, will help them succeed in their married life.
Present during the event were members of the Volunteers in Prison Service of the Malolos Diocese and members of different organizations involved in the prison service. Family members and relatives of the couples and all the BPJ inmates were allowed to witness the wedding ceremony.