Skip to comments.Com-moon-ion (Buzz Aldrin)
Posted on 07/22/2013 1:49:56 PM PDT by NYer
From the Daily Mail:
Revealed: Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion on the MOON (but NASA kept it secret)
Former astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin may have been the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first – and only – person to celebrate Holy Communion on it.
Inside the lunar module just hours before following Neil Armstrong onto the heavenly body in 1969, Aldrin celebrated the Christian sacrament with wafers and a bottle of wine – a fact the U.S. government reportedly refused to make public at the time.
The Apollo 11 astronaut’s plan to broadcast the religious act back to Earth was blocked by NASA after an atheist filed a lawsuit complaining about a previous holy broadcast on the Apollo 8.
Holy Communion is a Christian act of worship in which parishioners recreate the last meal Jesus had with his disciples, known as the Last Supper.
Before stepping out of the module, Aldrin pulled out a small plastic container of wine and some bread which he had brought from Webster Presbyterian church near Houston, where he was an elder.
Aldrin had received permission from the Presbyterian church’s general assembly to administer it to himself.
You can read the rest there.
For more about who is Bishop of the Moon, go HERE.
I may be mistaken but it seems like it was included in the movie “Moonshot”.
Communion on the Moon, score so far:
Presbyterians 1, Catholics 0
Buzz is the coolest of the moon-walkers. He saw UFOs. He took communion on the Moon. And, he beat up that hippie a couple years ago.
It was included in “From The Earth To The Moon.” I watched it on Saturday night to mark the anniversary of the landing.
Aldrin quotes John 15:5 in administering the sacrament.
Which Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction over the moon?
That alone would have kept the atheist lawsuit tied-up for at least thirteen years.
Well, now that you mention it... those are all things that a cool guy would do.
I am remembering that Buzz was an alcoholic for many years so he took more than his share of ‘the holy wine.’
:: Holy Communion is a Christian act of worship in which parishioners recreate the last meal Jesus had with his disciples, known as the Last Supper. ::
A “eucharist of one” is no eucharist (note the term “parishioners” above?).
If Buzz can claim a eucharist celebration sequestered in his “hovel of technology”, then so can I every evening with a glass of Valpolicella and a corn-meal bicuit. BCSCO can grab a few crackers and a Woodford Reserve and do the same.
Buzz just be showin’ off!
I knew I had seen it in a film somewhere.
They also made Buzz into a GI Joe.
OH MAN props to Buzz
Catholics - 0 ... because a priest must be present. To my knowledge, no astronauts have been Catholic priests.
He called our house back in the early 80s left messages by mistake not just once but a bunch of times on the machine. one day my mom answered they talked for about an hour and a half he came and saw her at Computer Sciences after that to meet her and say hi he was down the the street Raytheon or TRW for some kind of function he was just a good guy LAX area And no he did not try to pick up my mother
Here you go!
It’s a PCUSA church. I thought those didn’t count as Presbyterian. Was I wrong?
>>>And no he did not try to pick up my mother
Well, of course. He’s cool, but he’s not Chuck Norris!
If you'd like to include the PC(USA) within the definition of "Catholic", I won't object.
Otherwise, they're a bunch of damnable, apostate heretics.
I think it was in Moonshot as well.
Plus in 1969 taking Communion by hand had not yet been approved in the U.S.
Catholic or Protestant, authentic or not, the symbolism is beautiful. As Christians we should strive to be in symbolic communion with one another, and I’m choosing to interpret his act as just that.
:: PCUSA is Presbyterian if a member does something that can be considered ‘cool’ ::
Especialy if you apply the Obamugabe concept of “cool”.
He did not say eucharist. He said communion
Transubstantiation can’t occur in a vacuum
Moon Communion Ping.
Why didn't you ping me? You know I maintain a catholic ping list. Alex, you're sloughing off. You are already in my daily prayers; perhaps I need to double up on them.
Your precious 'Seperation of Church and State' only applies on Earth, and even then, only in the USA.Hugs and Kisses,
In space we can do whatever the f*** we want. Don't like it? Come up here and stop us.
You are correct.
This is from Catholic answers forums:
COMMUNION ON THE MOON Guideposts July 1989 p. 23
Twenty yrs. ago, on July 20, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climbed out of their lunar module Eagle and took their historic 1st steps on the moon. Little known to others, another first took place on that day.
Before the lift-off, Aldrin was looking for a way to honor God’s presence in the Apollo 11 space mission. He talked with his minister, Dean Woodruff of Webster Presbyterian Church in Houston. When in their discussions the Christian sacrament of communion was mentioned, a plan emerged.
Two Sundays before the moon shot, Aldrin participated in a small, private communion service at his congregation, after which his minister broke off a corner of the communion bread and gave it to Aldrin along with a tiny chalice with some wine. Aldrin sealed these in plastic packets and safely stowed them in his personal preference kit (each astronaut was allowed to take a few personal items with him).
July 20, 1969 was a Sunday. At 3:17 P.M. (Houston time) the Eagle touched down. Aldrin took out the communion elements from their flight packets and put them on a small table in front of the abort guidance system computer. Then he called Houston, and asked for a few moments of silence. In the 1/6th gravity of the moon, he poured the wine, watching it curl gracefully up the side of the chalice. From a slip of paper he read the passage, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 RSV). And then he took communion.
So it was that the first food eaten by man on the moon was in the name of our Lord.
This event was also recorded in Time as shared by R.Digest 6/72 that Aldrin commented “It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.”
There are countless millions of Christians who will not accept anything, even Christ, from the Catholic Church. (Frank Sheed)
The astronaut corps resembled the Wind Bunch. The movie “The Right Stuff” lightly touched on the military and test pilot culture but the book covered it in some good natured detail. Add in being tagged “the Second Man on the Moon” after Neil Armstrong, practically a choir boy (him and Glenn, something about those Ohio aviators), and it’s not at all surprising that Aldrin developed a drinking problem.
Well, PCUSA was less looey back when Buzz did this. I guess if he’d had a capsule-mate who was also a believing Christian of any denomination that did not object, they could have shared it and made it official. But it sounds like it was the intention that counted. No word as to whether his co-congregants synchronized a communion on the ground to his partaking.
Some Texas feminazi sued them on the bogus separation of church and state nonsense.
Still, I wish they had the stones to make it public. It serves no one to acquiesce to thuggery; in fact it guarantees only to embolden the enemy.
Wow, I didn’t know the lunar module had that kind of artificial gravity, back then. Isn’t stuff floating around, if not secured, the ISS space station, even these days? Just wondering...
Aldrin was Presbyterian, not Catholic.
Aldrin had received permission from the Presbyterian churchs general assembly to administer it to himself.
I'm surprised at that. In these circles Lord's Supper is seen as a corporate thing, not something that a single individual would do.
Its a PCUSA church. I thought those didnt count as Presbyterian. Was I wrong?
Transubstantiation cant occur in a vacuum
No, sadly. I've heard and read of this incident before.
I’m not going to rag on him for not knowing the Truth about the Holy Mass.
He intended an act of piety. In a way it’s like “planting the flag,” declaring that God is sovereign everywhere and we can never go beyond his loving reach.
“Aldrin had received permission from the Presbyterian churchs general assembly to administer it to himself.”
I suppose being on the moon might qualify as an extraordinary circumstance :)
Well, if you can literally claim to be the only Presbyterian within a million miles, maybe you get a pass on doing it alone.
Bit back in Aldrin’s day wasn’t the PCUSA valid?
But back in Aldrin’s day wasn’t the PCUSA valid?
If they were on the moon at the time, the moon does have 1/6 earth's gravity. So if something weighed 6oz, it would weigh 1oz.
Okay; didn’t know that. I was just amazed that the wine didn’t float-up into drops in the module. Thanks.
Aldrin’s Communion rite is described in Mailer’s OF A FIRE ON THE MOON, page 394 ( copyright 1969.) That’s where I learned of it.