Communion on the Moon

Attached here is an encouraging, short article sent to me by a friend. It is written by Eric Metaxas:

I presume that most of us were unaware of this story. I didn’t know this, but it’s awesome! 42 years ago…guess what happened… many have not heard of this before . . .

Forty-two 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 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.”

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