Communion service on the moon. Who knew?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by JimB51, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    A Communion Service on the Moon

    Astronaut Aldrin may have gone down in history as the second person to step foot on the moon, but he does hold one unique distinction. He held the first communion service while he and Armstrong were on the moon.

    The Washington Post reported that the service was not broadcast, because NASA was concerned about a lawsuit from atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
    While taking communion on the moon, Aldrin read from the Bible's New Testament. The scripture was John 15:5. It reads, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit, for you can do nothing without me."

    Forty years ago today two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it.
    I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.

    He and Armstrong had only been on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:

    “This is the LM pilot.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.” He then ended radio communication and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,000 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he took communion.

    Here is his own account of what happened:

    “In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.’

    I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute [they] had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas. I agreed reluctantly. …I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”

    And of course, it’s interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon — and Who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the “Love that moves the Sun and other stars.”

  2. jole

    jole Member

    I had never heard this story before.....thank you so much for sharing!!! Buzz Aldrin must have had a very deep faith to have thought ahead enough to do this..and how fitting it was!

    Yes, I certainly remember Madelyn Murray and all the upheval of those days...such memories from both sides of the fence, huh?

    Again, thanks! ***Jole***