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Universal Life Church – Communion on The Moon and Statement From International Ambassador and United Nations Representative Dr Cesidio Tallini
27 08 2012
Rev Dr Cesidio Tallini, D.D., International Amabassador and Representative Committee of Religious NGO’s to the United Nations for the Universal Life Church World Headquarters
With the passing of Neil Armstrong, here is an announcement from the distinguished Dr Cesidio Tallini
Rev Dr Cesidio Tallini of both the USA and Italy is the International Ambassador and United Nations Representative for Religious NGO’s for the Universal Life Church World Headquarters sent the following notice to World Headquarters for announcement:
First Communion on the Moon
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon, died on 25 August 2012, at the age of 82.
Stepping onto the surface of the moon, Armstrong gave this now famous line, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”.
What is not as widely known is that Armstrong’s fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin partook of the Christian sacrament of Communion in the hours following Armstrong’s first walk.
“During those first hours on the moon, before the planned eating and rest periods, I reached into my personal preference kit and pulled out the communion elements along with a three-by-five card on which I had written the words of Jesus: ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.’ [John 15:5] I poured a thimble full of wine from a sealed plastic container into a small chalice, and waited for the wine to settle down as it swirled in the one-sixth Earth gravity of the moon. My comments to the world were inclusive: ‘I would like to request a few moments of silence … and to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours, and to give thanks in his or her own way.’ I silently read the Bible passages as I partook of the wafer and the wine, and offered a private prayer for the task at hand and the opportunity I had been given.
“Neil watched respectfully, but made no comment to me at the time.”
from the book ‘Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon’, by Buzz Aldrin, with Ken Abraham:
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