A family from Brandon went unexpectedly viral after filming a 7-year-old during her first communion ceremony.
Stefanie Heidebrink was attending her daughter Brynley Heidebrink's first communion on April 23, at the Risen Savior Catholic Church in Brandon, when she decided to film the special moment.
The 7-year-old girl grabbed the chalice with the consecrated wine Catholics believe to be the blood of Christ and took a sip. Then the sip then continued into a drink, and finally, into a full on chug.
The moment became a viral hit after Stefanie Heidebrink posted a video of her daughter chugging the wine online. One video alone has been viewed more than 15 million times on TikTok.
"I said, 'Well, why did you keep drinking?' And she's like, 'I don't know.' I'm like, 'Well, did you like the taste?' And she goes, 'No,'" Stefanie Heidebrink told the Argus Leader.
Stefanie Heidebrink said her daughter was nervous before going up and kept asking her how much wine should she drink.
"I said, 'Just let it touch your lips, just tip it back,'" Stefanie Heidebrink said. "You don't even have to take a sip."
But Brynley went up and took more than a sip. The whole church laughed as the child kept drinking and then nonchalantly walked back to her seat.
"Next thing I know, I'm watching her just keep on going with the chalice," Stefanie Heidebrink said. "I was laughing and you can hear me in the video. I'm saying like, 'Oh my God. Stop drinking.'"
The priest presenting the wine to children celebrating their first communion at first waited for Brynley Heidebrink to finish, but after a few seconds, also started laughing as the child kept going.
Stefanie Heidebrink blames the incident on her daughter's nerves, but said it's become a source of laughter for her family and friends.
Meanwhile, the 7-year-old has kept living her normal life, even after becoming a viral sensation. She recently came home from school and told her family one of her teachers said they'd seen her on television.
"People were commenting that it was grape juice, but nope we use wine in the Catholic Church," Stefanie Heidebrink said.
Outside of a little shyness caused from the whole church laughing at her, Brynley Heidebrink was all smiles on her big day. She had a nice spaghetti dinner to celebrate the occasion and made a video to talk about for a lifetime.
"She was pretty flushed at dinner, I will say that," Stefanie Heidebrink said. "A little bit more talkative than normal, but she obviously ate her spaghetti and she slept really good that night."
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This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Brandon girl chugs wine and goes viral on TikTok after first communion