Holy Communion on the Moon

March 22, 2018

Christianity (and no other religion) paved the way for the modern scientific method. And because of this advancement in science, humans have been able to achieve astounding feats, like landing on the Moon. Thus, it was Christianity (and no other religion) that went to the Moon first, when Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion (the first meal) into extraterrestrial space, before he took his first step onto the Moon. 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.

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