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Neil Armstrong’s Passing

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9 Responses to Neil Armstrong’s Passing

  1. For what it’s worth, and since I know it might be comforting for some UD readers to know, I have friends in Ohio that knew members of the Bible study Armstrong attended. He was private about his faith as he was many things in his life, but I found it comforting to know this about him.

  2. Condolences, especially to family. I remember hearing the landing live by radio one Sunday afternoon (and the moon-walk that evening) in July 1969.

  3. @ scordova

    That’s really neat to hear scordova.. That being said, I am quite sure he’s in a much better place, a place more wonderful and glorious than anyone of us could ever even begin to comprehend…

  4. For what it’s worth regarding what took place when Armstrong and Aldrin first landed on the moon:

    Buzz Aldrin had with him the Reserved Sacrament. He radioed: “Houston, this is Eagle. 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, whoever or wherever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the last few hours, and to give thanks in his own individual way.”

    Later he wrote: “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.’ I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute Deke Slayton 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…Eagle’s metal body creaked. 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.”

    NASA kept this secret for two decades. The memoirs of Buzz Aldrin and the Tom Hanks’s Emmy- winning HBO mini-series, From the Earth to the Moon (1998), made people aware of this act of Christian worship 235,000 miles from Earth.

    The 2003 Episcopal Church General Convention resolved that the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music prepare propers and collects for churchwide observance of the 40th anniversary of the event, July 20, 2009, and to include “The First Communion on the Moon” in The Episcopal Church’s Lesser Feasts and Fasts and on the calendar in the Book of Common Prayer for July 20. (Biretta tip: @rrchapman)


    In addition, it provides a way of praying for future space explorers and for the thousands of people whose work make the space program possible.” The collect for this “Common” reads:

    Creator of the universe,
    your dominion extends through the immensity of space:
    guide and guard those who seek to fathom its mysteries [especially N.N.].
    Save us from arrogance lest we forget that our achievements are grounded in you,
    and, by the grace of your Holy Spirit,
    protect our travels beyond the reaches of earth,
    that we may glory ever more in the wonder of your creation:
    through Jesus Christ, your Word, by whom all things came to be,
    who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    Colonel Aldrin holds a doctorate in astro-physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was acknowledged as the most highly educated of the first astronauts. He is a wonderful example of a scientist who is a committed Christian.

    http://liturgy.co.nz/first-communion-moon/1203

  5. Sad for armstrong and his loves and anyone who cared.
    He did a brave and great deed in mankinds history.
    He did it on behalf of American achievement and modern achievement in the western world.
    It was done by the good guys and not the evil soviet empire which if they had would of ruined the fun of these things.

    Its cool to know he believed in the bible and hopefully went to heaven.

    Its to be remembered that one of his companions on the great flight later went looking for noahs ark because of YEC beliefs.

    Everyone should look at the moon and remember and reflect on what can be done with intelligence and accurate conclusions in these things called science.

  6. To look out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible. It just strengthens my faith.

    Astronaut John Glenn
    CNN Shuttle Astronauts

  7. perhaps U.S. recognize astronaut accomplishements, declare Day of Astronauts as holiday, always to remember. Many occasions observed in old U.S.S.R.

    sergio

  8. Since I heard this sad news “Space Oddity” by Bowie has been playing in my head….

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