The church fills up so quickly that it’s difficult for attendees to breathe. Ibarra sits in a corner, and when Father Dámaso ascends to the pulpit, the two men make eye contact. Dámaso winks at him, as if to say that he won’t “forget him in his prayers.”
Dámaso’s wink is most likely meant to be ironic, since he and Ibarra have from the very beginning of the novel been at odds with one another. Or, bearing in mind that Dámaso is a vengeful man, it’s possible that his prayers about Ibarra will invite harm upon the young man rather than good graces.