Communion on the moon: who knew this?

Julie 27, 2011 in Sonder kategorie

As I was but two months old when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong went for a walk on the moon, I didn’t read the paper back then. Laughing

But I received this via a daily Christian e-mail from Keith Overturf, and thought it’s interesting enough to share.

Communion on the Moon: July 20, 1969  

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(This is an article by Eric Metaxas)

Forty years ago 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.

And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself. I

asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote

about it in my book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God

(But Were Afraid to Ask).

The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his

Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life, and

knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in

human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and

he asked his minister to help him. And so the minister consecrated

a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. And Buzz

Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth’s orbit and on to the

surface of the moon.

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.”


7 antwoorde op Communion on the moon: who knew this?

  1. Wow as dit so is. Ek’t weer iewers die week gehoor hulle dabateer of die manne werklik daar was of nie. En ‘n ander ou of die fotos daar geneem is of nie.

  2. inadk het gesê op Julie 27, 2011

    Ongelooflik interessant – dankie dat jy dit vir ons via jou blog gegee het.

  3. mandiebas het gesê op Julie 27, 2011

    Ek kyk nou met nuwe oë na die hele gebeurtenis. Dankie

  4. nes Flenters, waardeer ek hierdie inligting

  5. Yes getting man on the moon was a something the whole humanity must rightly be proud of!

  6. Ja- Wow! Dankie!

  7. lora2me het gesê op Julie 29, 2011

    Ek het dit nie geweet nie en het nogal, as kind, die NASA-goed met groot belangstelling gevolg.Dit moes seker ‘n ware geestelike ervaring daar so alleen op die maan, in daardie stilte, gewees het.

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