Buzz Aldrin

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Buzz Aldrin

A service at Lichfield Cathedral is set to mark the anniversary of astronaut Buzz Aldrin celebrating Holy Communion before stepping out onto the surface of the moon alongside Neil Armstrong.

It will 50 years later this month since man’s first steps on the lunar surface.

A 9.17pm on 20th July people are invited to come and join in a service on the replica of the moon’s surface that is being beamed onto the floor of Lichfield Cathedral.

The doors will open at 8pm, with music and recordings from 8.30pm offering a chance for worshippers and visitors to walk on the floor before service begins at the same time the astronauts celebrated Holy Communion.

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, the cathedral’s dean, said: “Celebrating the Eucharist at this moment recalls Buzz Aldrin’s simple celebration of Holy Communion inside the lunar module as they touched down on the moon surface 50 years ago.

“We want to give thanks that the God of all creation still stuns us with the awe and scale of space, and light and time. And that it is the human vocation to be thankful and to wonder.”


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