Monday, December 29, 2008

Communion Service on Apollo 11

From page 487 of the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, by James R. Hansen, we learn:

"They did eat a meal as scheduled, but not before Aldrin first reached into his Personal Preference Ket, or PPK, and pulled out two small packages given to him by his Presbyterian minister, Reverend Dean Woodruff, back in Houston. One package contained a vial of wine, the other a wafer. Pouring the wine into a small chalice that he also pulled from his kit, he prepared to take Holy communion.

"At 04:09:25:38 mission elapsed time, Buzz radioed, "Houston, this is the LM pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever or whoever he may be, to contemplate teh events of teh last few hours and to give thanks inhis own individual way." Then, with his mike off, Buzz read to himself froma small card on which he had written the portion of the Book of John (John 15:5) traditionally used in the Presbyterian communion ceremony.

"I am the vine, you are the branches,
He who abides in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit,
For apart from me, you can do nothing."

Get the book:
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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