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> I presume that most of us were unaware of this story.
> I didn't know this, but it's awesome!
> 43 years ago...guess what happened... many have not heard of this before . First time I've heard tell..Chief
> . .
> Communion on the Moon: July 20, 1969
> (This is an article by Eric Metaxas)
> Forty-three 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 Guidepostsmagazine.
> 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 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."
> How many of you knew this? Too bad this type news doesn't travel as fast
> as the bad does...share it if you've felt God's love.
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