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March 26, 2014

Hart to Heart

From the Moon, July 20, 1969: Did you know?

by Robert Hart

The First Holy Communion on the Moon….

Forty-five 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.

The background of the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life and knowing he would soon be doing somthing unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow. He asked his minister to help him. And so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. 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:

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