Astronaut Took Communion, Read Words of Jesus on the Moon

Astronaut Took Communion,
Read Words of Jesus on the Moon

By Brandon Showalter – The Christian Post

An American astronaut took Holy Communion and read from the Gospel of John on the surface of the moon.
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Buzz Aldrin, the second man to ever walk on the moon after Neil Armstrong, posted the famous picture that Armstrong — since he was carrying the 75 mm camera — took of him as well of other photos of his time on the moon. 
1969 moon4Aldrin explained of the famous photo: “When Neil took this pic of me it was very spontaneous. He said ‘stop right there’ and I turned. You can see the motion of the strap.”
The three-person Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Author and radio host Eric Metaxas retweeted an article from his personal blog noting that during this time in Aldrin’s life he was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas, and knew that he would be doing something unprecedented in human history, and that he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and solicited help from his pastor.

“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.”

Aldrin then turned off radio communication.

“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,” he recounted.

Then he read John 15:5: “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.” (TEV)

As he thanked God, he noted that it was interesting for him to realize that “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 (John 1:1-5) 

Source: The Christian Post

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This is how Buzz Aldrin described that historic moment.

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 reproduced from his Guidepost article of October 1970:

On the day of the moon landing, we awoke at 5:30 a.m., Houston time.

Neil and I separated from Mike Collins in the command module. Our powered descent was right on schedule, and perfect except for one unforeseeable difficulty. The automatic guidance system would have taken Eagle to an area with huge boulders. Neil had to steer Eagle to a more suitable terrain.

With only seconds’ worth of fuel left, we touched down at 3:30 p.m.

Now Neil and I were sitting inside Eagle, while Mike circled in lunar orbit, unseen in the black sky above us. In a little while after our scheduled meal period, Neil would give the signal to step down the ladder onto the powdery surface of the moon. Now was the moment for communion.

So I unstowed the elements in their flight packets. I put them and the scripture reading on the little table in front of the abort guidance-system computer.

Then I called back to Houston.

“Houston, this is Eagle. This is the LM Pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.”

For me this meant taking communion. In the radio blackout I opened the little plastic packages which contained bread and wine.

I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup. It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.

And so, just before I partook of the elements, I read the words which I had chosen to indicate our trust that as man probes into space we are in fact acting in Christ.

I sensed especially strongly my unity with our church back home, and with the Church everywhere.

I read: “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.” John 15:5 (TEV)

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See also: Fox News link to Caleb Parke’s article:
Moon Landing: Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion, read this Bible verse on lunar surface

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YouTube link: Communion on the Moon – documentary

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YouTube link: “From the Earth to the Moon” segment – re-enactment of communion on the moon

See also an Apollo 15 story:

Encounter with God on the Moon

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