Apparently, one baby was deadset against getting baptized. An 11-month-old boy was the star of a viral video when he derailed his baptism by swatting a Bible away from a priest completing the ceremony.
In a TikTok posted by Natalie Walczyk, Candace Williams can be seen holding her son Sullivan near a baptismal fountain as a Catholic priest reads from a book of sacraments. Surrounded by friends and family who attended the ceremony at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster, Buffalo, Sullivan decided to put a stop to it by raising his hand and making the book into the fountain’s holy water.
Walczyk, who is Williams’ sister, posted the six-second clip online, which has since received over 8.6 million views as of this posting. Williams said that Sullivan’s baptism was the priest’s first at that church.
“He [the priest] was a champ. He picked the book right back up and kept going,” Williams said. “He was turning the pages and they were soaking wet. Later, my husband was like, ‘Every time I looked at the pages dripping, I started laughing.'”
She also added: “My brother was roaring with laughter. My mother-in-law was in the front row, and she tried to keep it together, but she couldn’t do it.”
People online thought the incident was hilarious. One person commented: “He was like, ‘Not today Jesus!'”
Another wrote: “‘I don’t see pictures, next book.'”