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Com-moon-ion (Buzz Aldrin)
WDTPRS ^ | July 22, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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.

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You can read the rest there.

For more about who is Bishop of the Moon, go HERE.


TOPICS: Catholic; History; Skeptics/Seekers; Worship
KEYWORDS: aldrin; astronaut; astronauts; christians; communion; moon; nasa
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1 posted on 07/22/2013 1:49:56 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Revealed: Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion on the MOON (but NASA kept it secret)
2 posted on 07/22/2013 1:50:47 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

That’s wonderful.


3 posted on 07/22/2013 1:52:28 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: NYer

I may be mistaken but it seems like it was included in the movie “Moonshot”.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1251357/


4 posted on 07/22/2013 1:55:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
Posted before:
First Communion on the Moon
Communion on the Moon
Charlie Duke celebrates Aldrin's communion in Huntsville

Communion on the Moon, score so far:
Presbyterians 1, Catholics 0

5 posted on 07/22/2013 1:57:20 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: NYer

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.


6 posted on 07/22/2013 1:57:39 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: cripplecreek
Seems like it may have been in the From The Earth To The Moon miniseries, too.
7 posted on 07/22/2013 1:58:12 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


8 posted on 07/22/2013 1:58:53 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: NYer

Which Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction over the moon?

That alone would have kept the atheist lawsuit tied-up for at least thirteen years.


9 posted on 07/22/2013 1:59:03 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Bryanw92

Well, now that you mention it... those are all things that a cool guy would do.


10 posted on 07/22/2013 2:00:11 PM PDT by OKSooner
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To: NYer

I am remembering that Buzz was an alcoholic for many years so he took more than his share of ‘the holy wine.’


11 posted on 07/22/2013 2:02:21 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: NYer; bcsco

:: 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!


12 posted on 07/22/2013 2:05:42 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I knew I had seen it in a film somewhere.


13 posted on 07/22/2013 2:06:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: OKSooner

They also made Buzz into a GI Joe.

http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Anniversary-Classic-Collection-ALDRIN/dp/B00000JE0Y


14 posted on 07/22/2013 2:06:32 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: NYer

OH MAN props to Buzz


15 posted on 07/22/2013 2:06:45 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Alex Murphy

Catholics - 0 ... because a priest must be present. To my knowledge, no astronauts have been Catholic priests.


16 posted on 07/22/2013 2:08:21 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Bryanw92

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


17 posted on 07/22/2013 2:08:40 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: cripplecreek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zEZvPg1itw

Here you go!


18 posted on 07/22/2013 2:09:46 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: Alex Murphy

It’s a PCUSA church. I thought those didn’t count as Presbyterian. Was I wrong?


19 posted on 07/22/2013 2:11:07 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: al baby

>>>And no he did not try to pick up my mother

Well, of course. He’s cool, but he’s not Chuck Norris!


20 posted on 07/22/2013 2:13:24 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Campion
It’s a PCUSA church. I thought those didn’t count as Presbyterian. Was I wrong?

If you'd like to include the PC(USA) within the definition of "Catholic", I won't object.

21 posted on 07/22/2013 2:13:34 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Campion
PCUSA is Presbyterian if a member does something that can be considered 'cool'

Otherwise, they're a bunch of damnable, apostate heretics.

22 posted on 07/22/2013 2:13:39 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I think it was in Moonshot as well.


23 posted on 07/22/2013 2:15:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: al_c

Plus in 1969 taking Communion by hand had not yet been approved in the U.S.


24 posted on 07/22/2013 2:16:18 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NYer

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.


25 posted on 07/22/2013 2:17:24 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

:: PCUSA is Presbyterian if a member does something that can be considered ‘cool’ ::

Perfect!
Especialy if you apply the Obamugabe concept of “cool”.


26 posted on 07/22/2013 2:18:48 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

He did not say eucharist. He said communion

Transubstantiation can’t occur in a vacuum


27 posted on 07/22/2013 2:21:18 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: lightman

Moon Communion Ping.


28 posted on 07/22/2013 2:21:27 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: NYer

satire?


29 posted on 07/22/2013 2:22:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy; pieceofthepuzzle
Posted before:

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.

30 posted on 07/22/2013 2:26:26 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer
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.

Dear atheist,

Your precious 'Seperation of Church and State' only applies on Earth, and even then, only in the USA.

In space we can do whatever the f*** we want. Don't like it? Come up here and stop us.
Hugs and Kisses,

Apollo 11.

31 posted on 07/22/2013 2:26:33 PM PDT by Lazamataz (11/?/2009-7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: al_c

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.”
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32 posted on 07/22/2013 2:27:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: iowamark

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.


33 posted on 07/22/2013 2:29:28 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

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.


34 posted on 07/22/2013 2:29:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: NYer
One reason NASA may have been unwilling to reveal this about Aldrin was that, during Apollo 8, Jim Lovell read from the Book of Genesis which seemed entirely appropriate, particularly since this was the first time man had seen the entire Earth, a truly breathtaking and spiritual experience I would imagine.

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.

35 posted on 07/22/2013 2:30:09 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: NYer

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...


36 posted on 07/22/2013 2:30:22 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Aldrin was Presbyterian, not Catholic.


37 posted on 07/22/2013 2:35:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer
Aldrin had received permission from the Presbyterian church’s 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.

38 posted on 07/22/2013 2:38:01 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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To: Campion
It’s a PCUSA church. I thought those didn’t count as Presbyterian. Was I wrong?

PINO?

39 posted on 07/22/2013 2:39:11 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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To: bert
Transubstantiation can’t occur in a vacuum

That's interesting.

40 posted on 07/22/2013 2:40:04 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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To: Salvation
satire?

No, sadly. I've heard and read of this incident before.

41 posted on 07/22/2013 2:40:40 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

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.


42 posted on 07/22/2013 2:47:43 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: NYer

“Aldrin had received permission from the Presbyterian church’s general assembly to administer it to himself.”

I suppose being on the moon might qualify as an extraordinary circumstance :)


43 posted on 07/22/2013 2:55:49 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Well, if you can literally claim to be the only Presbyterian within a million miles, maybe you get a pass on doing it alone.


44 posted on 07/22/2013 2:58:37 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Lee N. Field

Bit back in Aldrin’s day wasn’t the PCUSA valid?


45 posted on 07/22/2013 2:58:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Lee N. Field

But back in Aldrin’s day wasn’t the PCUSA valid?


46 posted on 07/22/2013 2:58:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: carriage_hill
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...

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.

Mark

47 posted on 07/22/2013 3:02:29 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: NYer
The followers of the moon god must not be too pleased. In sha'a alllah إن شاء الله.
48 posted on 07/22/2013 3:06:43 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: MarkL

Okay; didn’t know that. I was just amazed that the wine didn’t float-up into drops in the module. Thanks.


49 posted on 07/22/2013 3:10:44 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

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.


50 posted on 07/22/2013 3:11:13 PM PDT by dr_lew
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