Communion on the Moon
As the Lunar Module pilot on the Apollo 11 space mission, with the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was the second person to walk on the moon, after Mission Commander Neil Armstrong. Aldrin had brought with him a tiny communion kit, given him by his church, during the morning he radioed, “Houston, this is the Eagle…I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in ….to contemplate for a moment the events of the last few hours, and to give thanks in his own individual way.”
During the radio blackout, Aldrin took the communion elements and read John 15:5: “I am the vine, you are branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.” Aldrin had been asked not to read the verse publicly because of a legal challenge NASA faced from famed atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair regarding the reading of the biblical creation story from Genesis during Apollo 8 mission.
How incredible is it that the first thing this American patriot did when he arrived on the moon was to worship God?
This story copied from the little booklet of 95 plus pages, “In God We Still Trust” by Dr. Richard G. Lee
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Dr. Buzz Aldrin is a Presbyterian and his church at the time was Webster Presbyterian Church, a local congregation in Webster, Texas. He held the communion service in private because NASA was under a lawsuit filed by atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’hair. Ms. O’Hair has since discovered much truth. Tough way to learn it & even worse place to experience it.