Come along to this special service to reflect seriously about the universe we inhabit and to ponder its incomprehensible size and mystery

On 20 July 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Two astronauts waited to be given the signal to leave the lunar module and take the first ever human steps on the surface of the moon. Positioned on the Sea of Tranquillity, Buzz Aldrin, an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church, took out the parcel he had carefully prepared before his departure from earth which contained the Sacrament: the body and blood of Christ.

 

Aldrin got on the comm. system and spoke to the ground crew back on Earth. ‘I would like to request a few moments of silence,’ he said. ‘I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way.’

 

Then he reached for the wine and bread he’d brought to space—the first foods ever poured or eaten on the moon. ‘I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup,’ he later wrote. Then, Aldrin read some scripture and ate.

As St Albans Cathedral prepares to go on its Space Voyage, there will be a Mass on the Moon on Sunday 27 October at 6.30pm. Candlelit and incense filled, the crossing will also house our Moon Mat installation 'One Small Step' allowing us to, quite literally, walk on the surface of the moon and to receive the body and blood of Christ upon it.