What’s your most awkward encounter with an ex? Maybe it’s just bumping into them at a mall or crossing paths on the street. But how about having to give the homily at their wedding? This priest in Batangas went viral for doing just that. During the couple’s ceremony, the priest proceeded to share history with all of the attendees and those watching the live stream. But what started out as a ridiculous or even endearing moment has now annoyed the Internet. Here’s what the priest said during the homily for his ex-girlfriend and her wedding.
Father Roniel Sulit leads the homily for his ex
Fr. Roniel Sulit stands at the pulpit of the Parish of Sto. Nino de Lipa in Batangas, looking down at his ex-girlfriend, Maria Korina, and her soon-to-be husband. He then admits that Korina was actually his ex-girlfriend. Sulit added that in the number of times he officiated a wedding, this one was the only time where he’s shaking and sweating. The ceremony was live-streamed for everyone to witness the beautiful couple’s wedding day.
Doing it for the vlog?
Aside from being a priest, Sulit is also a content creator with almost 150k subscribers on YouTube. It’s where he documents his life as a priest and, most recently, where he filmed his encounter with Korina. Sulit mentioned that after Korina told him of the engagement, she had the idea to turn the interaction into content for his platform. And she was right since the video went viral almost immediately.
Fr. Sulit drops some jokes
Sulit made a lot of jokes throughout the homily. He joked about stopping the wedding, something he said he wouldn’t do since they’re not in a movie. He also joked about the bride looking nervous and said that it wasn’t wedding jitters, it was because she’s afraid of what her ex might say to the congregation. The attendees could be heard clapping and laughing at the young priest’s humor. At one point, when the priest officiating the wedding still hadn’t shown up, Sulit joked that it was because the priest was his best friend and that it looked like he didn’t want to do the wedding.
Before ending his part, Sulit threw one last joke at the couple. He brought up the belief that in a wedding ceremony, three people actually get married but no, he’s not the third person — it’s God. “God will be in your marriage,” he ends. Before he left, Sulit showered the couple with well wishes to show there was no ill will between them.
How did Sulit and Korina meet?
Sulit detailed how he and Korina met and formed a relationship. It started with both of them serving in the church when they were younger. He also said that all of it was in the past since now she’s at the altar about to marry her now-husband, Manuel. Thankfully, Sulit spared everyone the details of their breakup. That would’ve been awkward.
After emphasizing that “past is past,” the priest shared that he asked Korina earlier if she was happy. The glowing bride said that God brought Manuel into her life, how could she not be happy?
Many netizens were delighted
Exes meeting in unfortunate circumstances? What kind of movie are we in? Color the Internet intrigued and entertained. Many found the situation funny, and the priest’s jokes even funnier. They also appreciated how “open” the priest and his ex were about their past and that there was a lesson to be learned here — everyone is destined for someone.
But some also think it was a rude move
On the opposite side of online opinions, more people think that the way Sulit handled the situation was in poor taste. Some accused him of stealing the spotlight from the bride and groom on their special day by dredging up his personal history. Many were dismayed that he pulled that stunt in the name of vlog content. One comment even sympathized with the groom and called the whole thing “an absolute disrespect” and “unacceptable.”
Were things awkward for the groom?
While there wasn’t much of a reaction from the groom during the ceremony, netizens were the ones fighting for him. Facebook comments told Sulit that he should’ve been more considerate of the groom and his feelings. Some commended the groom for keeping his cool throughout while others expressed their sympathies for a special moment that was “ruined.”
Fr. Sulit deletes the video
Naturally, this went viral. Never underestimate the Philippines’ love for drama or chismis (ehem, Marites). But you won’t be able to find the original video on YouTube because Sulit deleted it himself. He said that he and Korina agreed to “step away from the attention” after the Facebook livestream went viral. At least everyone knows he isn’t in it for the clout or monetization.