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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 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."