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Funeral Mass
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Senator Kennedy's funeral mass will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica,1545 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA

Guidance Note: While his daughter, Kara, was battling lung cancer at a nearby Boston hospital, Senator Kennedy attended Our Lady of Perpetual Hope each day and prayed for Kara and her recovery. Over time, the Basilica took on special meaning for him as a place of hope and optimism.

This event is closed to the public and press will be pooled.
Details on the funeral mass and program:
7:00 a.m. - Guests begin arriving at church via bus
9:55 a.m. - CODEL arrives from the JFK Library.

58 Senators
21 former members
Secretary Salazar
6 officers of the Senate
10:00 a.m. - Music begins

MOZART Clarinet Quintet
Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Malcolm Lowe, violin
Alexander Velinzon, violin
Cathy Basrak, viola
Mihail Jojatu, cello
William R. Hudgins, clarinet
10:05 a.m. - Extended Kennedy family arrives
10:10 a.m. - Distinguished visitors are seated
10:15 a.m. - The President, Vice President and former Presidents seated
10:20 a.m. - Mrs. Vicki Kennedy and Immediate Family arrive
Motorcade route:

Down Melina Cass Boulevard
Left onto Columbus Avenue
Right onto Tremont Street
Honorary pall bearers greet family outside church:

Melody Barnes
Honorable Justice Stephen Breyer
David Burke
Ranny Cooper
Greg Craig
Senator John C. Culver
Stephanie Cutter
Congressman William Delahunt
Senator Christopher J. Dodd
Ken Feinberg
Lee Fentress
Wyche Fowler
Tim Hanan
Claude Hooton
Dr. Larry Horowitz
Senator John F. Kerry
Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
Kathy Kruse
Nick Littlefield
Congressman Edward Markey
Eric Mogilnicki
Michael Myers
Carey Parker
Honorable Edmund Reggie
Senator Donald W. Riegle
Dr. Larry Ronan
Senator James Sasser
Robert Shrum
Barbara Souliotis
10:30 a.m. - Funeral Procession Begins

Entrance Hymn: "Holy God We Praise Thy Name"

His Eminence Sean P. Cardinal O'Malley, OFM CAP, Archbishop of Boston.
Fr. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Chancellor, Boston College.

Guidance note: Former President of Boston College and Kennedy family friend. Fr. Monan is the principle celebrant of the funeral mass.

Fr. Gerry Creedon, Pastor, Saint Charles Borromeo Church, Arlington, Virginia.
Guidance note: Longtime Kennedy family friend and concelebrant of the funeral mass.

Fr. Percival D' Silva, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Kensington, Maryland.
Guidance note: Kennedy family friend and priest that performed the Blessed Sacraments for Caroline and Curran Raclin while at The Blessed Sacrament church in Northwes Washington, D.C. Fr. D'Silva is a concelebrant of the funeral mass.

Rev. Mark R. Hession, Our Lady of Victory, Centerville, Masssachusetts.
Guidance note: Senator and Mrs. Kennedy's priest on Cape Cod and close friend. Fr. Hession offered mass for Senator Kennedy nearly every Sunday this year. Fr. Hession is a concelebrant of the funeral mass.

Rev. Donald MacMillian, Chaplain, Boston College.
Guidance note: Family friend, who frequently celebrated mass for Senator Kennedy. Concelebrant of funeral mass.

Very Rev. Raymond Collins, C.SS.R. Pastor, Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Pall bearers:

Kara Kennedy
Edward M. Kennedy, Jr.
Patrick J. Kennedy
G. Curran Raclin, Jr.
Caroline R. Raclin
Caroline Kennedy
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Christopher Lawford
Ed Michael Reggie
Bobby Shriver
Stephen E. Smith, Jr.
Immediate family:

Mrs. Victoria Kennedy
Ted Kennedy, Jr.
Kiki Kennedy
Teddy Kennedy, II
Kiley Kennedy
Kara Kennedy
Max Kennedy
Grace Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy
Caroline Raclin
Curran Raclin
Edmund and Doris Reggie
Mrs. Jean Kennedy Smith
William Kennedy Smith
Mrs. Ethel Kennedy
Honorary pall bearers (see names above)
First Reading:

Curran Raclin, the Senator's stepson
Old Testament
The Book of Wisdom 3:1-9
Responsorial Psalm:

Kara Kennedy
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 72
Second Reading:

Caroline Raclin, the Senator's stepdaughter
New Testament, Letter of Paul to the Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39

Father Hession
Matthew 25:31-32A, 34-40
The Prayers of the Faithful:

(Guidance note: readers will be reading excerpts of the Senator' own words)

Kiki Kennedy
Kiley Kennedy
Grace Allen
Max Allen
Jack Schlossberg
Robin Lawford
Kym Smith
Anthony Shriver
Rory Kennedy
Teddy M. Kennedy II
Liturgy of the Eucharist

Offertory: The Senator's grandchildren

At Offertory: J.S. BACH Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 6
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

At Communion: FRANCK "Panis Angelicus"
Placido Domingo, tenor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
James David Christie, organ

BRAHMS "Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee"
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
John Oliver, conductor
James David Christie, organ

SHUBERT "Ave Maria"
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
James David Christie, organ

Remembrances: Ted Kennedy, Jr.
Patrick J. Kennedy

Eulogy: President Barack Obama

Final Commendation: His Eminence Sean P. Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston

Recessional: "America the Beautiful"

1:00 p.m. - Departure from church to Hanscom Air Force Base
1:30 p.m. - Departure from Hanscom Air Force Base to Andrews Air Force Base

Washington, D.C.

Approx. 3:00 p.m. - Arrival of Senator Kennedy at Andrews Air Force Base
4:00 p.m. - Senator Kennedy departs Andrews Air Force Base

Motorcade route is open to the public
Motorcade Route:

From Andrews Air Force base, Senator Kennedy's motorcade will proceed to the east plaza of the US Capitol building. The motorcade will enter through the Independence Ave entrance and proceed past the Senate Chamber steps. The motorcade will then proceed to Arlington National Cemetery via Constitution Ave.
4:30 p.m. - Senator Kennedy arrives at the U.S. Capitol

The Senator's motorcade will stop at the Senate steps for a brief prayer so that Senate staff and members of the broader Senate community with whom the Senator worked can bid a final farewell.

Arlington National Cemetery
5:30 p.m. - A burial service for Senator Kennedy will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C. will perform the burial service.

The burial service is closed to the public and pooled press.

Senator Kennedy will be laid to rest next to President Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. Senator Kennedy spent more days than most at Arlington, the resting place for our nation's heroes, visiting the graves of his beloved brothers and paying tribute to the fallen men and women of Massachusetts who gave their lives for our country.


I would just to offer my condolences to the family of Senator Kennedy, who was a truly great man and a great politician. May he rest in peace.

As I listen to YoYo Ma at Senator Kennedy's funeral mass, I'm reminded again and again of how many people from all walks of life admired, loved and respected him. He and his family were such a presence in my family, and because of his contributions and the change Teddy brought to our country, we all live better lives. He is a great man who will be remembered always.

my deap condolences to the family of great senator kennedy.may he rest in peace.

In 2008 in Oakland, CA at Bee Bee Memorial Methodist Church the phenomenal Ted Kennedy spoke and assured the American people that our now President Barack Obama was the peoples choice. I was there. Ted Kennedy's legacy will live on forever. He made a tremendous difference as a senator and his work was exemplary, his life, his work ethics and his love for the American people will always be remembered....He was truly loved and will be missed dearly.
Ted rest in peace. God loves you and so do I.

Pearl Madison
Antioch, CA

I want to offer my sincere condolences to the Kennedy Family.

Ted was a very caring person who did a lot to help people like my son and wife who have no health insurance. For that very reason I think his life and accompolishments will be remembered always.

I will never be able to thank you enough for sharing such a personal time honoring Ted's life with us at his service. What a glorious celebration of his life and such a loving outpouring of family and friends. Ted, it has been an honor. Thank you.

Does anyone know what the music was that was played after "America the Beautiful"? It was glorious albeit brief.

Senator Ted Kennedy was a great American, loving family man, & great humanitarian. My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Kennedy Family, he will always be remembered & never forgotten in my heart. I as many feel a personal loss, as Senator Kennedy was my senior of 7 years, thank you Ted for your helping the Senior Citizens of this great country of ours which we call the United Stats of America. God bless you, may you rest in eternal peace. You were a Champion of many.
Robert A. Oriole
Carteret, New Jersey

I also would very much like to offer my deepest condolences to the family of the Honorable Sen Ted Kennnedy you will be missed May he Rest in peace

I would like to show my condolences for the family of Ted Kennedy, the country has lost a great man, he will be greatly missed. There is no one else like him in the world.

Kathy Wizowski
San Francisco, CA

What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, one more word, one more touch.....your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

My uncle a Catholic priest from India Rev. Dr. Anthony Kurialacherry came to this country for studies at Notre Dame in the 1950s. I remember he used to talk about one of his favorite friends, a priest Fr. Gilary who was very much connected to the Kennedy families. Since then The Kennedys' were my favorite Americans.

Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. God broke our heart to prove to us, He only takes the best.

There was a TKO in Hyannis Port
and the bell was heard around the world.
The TKO was Ted Kennedy Out.
One of the most famous Senators of our
time has lost his battle with brain cancer.
And regardless of your opinion of Senator
Kennedy, you have to admire his fortitude.
He stayed in the fight until the very end.
Now, all we can do is pray that the Senator
will answer the roll call at a much better
My prayers go out to the Kennedy family
and friends.

To the Kennedy Family:

I am very saddened by the passing of Senator Teddy Kennedy and all that he represented. The era is over and what a tragedy it is. My family and I pray that the remaining family members can continue to give the World what it so desperately needs; some type of admirable role models.

Thank you for this opportunity.

The most important question is: where is his soul, right now?

Christians believe in life everlasting; our souls live forever somewhere, after we face God and give an accounting for the way we chose to live our lives.

It's written in Scripture, that some will say to God at that time, "But we preached, in your name!... " and God will say to them, "Depart from me... I never knew you."

Look it up - The most important question is: where is his soul, right now.

Very kind wishes to a man who overcame the setbacks in his life to become a giant statesman. His faithfulness to his family is most admirable and his contributions to the United States will always be an integral part of our history. May God bless him and his family.
Myra Bozard
South Carolina

Remember Mary Jo Kopechne.



As Edwin Stanton said of Lincoln "and now he belongs to the ages.." so does Sen. Kennedy. Americans will be benefitting from his legislative victories for many years to come.

God bless the entire Kennedy family, immediate and extended. What a wonderful, grateful, giving family the Kennedy's have always been. I'm 56 years old and have grown up with the beliefs of the great American fabric of our country. Senator Edward Kennedy was a wonderful, true, and honest representative of what all Americans should strive to be. My blessings to the entire family that is the Kennedys.

Watching George W. Bush at the funeral of Teddy Kennedy yesterday was, to say the very least, amusing. It's always great fun to witness the members of the vast right wing conspiracy confronted head-on with the theological flaws that are inherent in their philosophy. Watching that event with my pal, Kevin Swanwick, we both were mesmerized and just slightly overjoyed to be reminded yet again that the basic tenets of Liberalism are in perfect harmony with our Christianity - our Catholicism: feed the hungry, shelter the poor and clothe the naked. Oh, how I wish the camera would have cut to Bush's face the moment he was confronted with the most famous line (and justly so) from the Gospel according to Matthew:

"I tell you this: whatever you did to the least of these brothers of mine, you did to me."

Jesus of Nazareth

One can only imagine how uncomfortable that passage from the scriptures must have made him feel. Or how about the Sermon on the Mount?

"Blessed are the peace makers
For they shall be called Sons of God."

I imagine being confronted with the words of Jesus Christ might make old George just a tad uneasy. The prayers that were offered up by the youngest members of the Kennedy clan, in Teddy's own words, were the most touching part of the entire day:

"That human beings be measured not by what they cannot do. That quality health care becomes a fundamental right and not a privilege. That old policies of race and gender die away. That newcomers be accepted, no matter their color or place of birth. That the nation stand united against violence, hate and war. That the work begins anew, and the dream lives on. We pray to the Lord."

Lord hear our prayer.

After the mass had ended, and Kevin and I headed into town to get a cup of coffee, I was almost stunned by the good cheer I felt. Ted Kennedy's funeral was truly a joyous event. Truth be told, it was damned-near therapeutic! The politics of joy as opposed to the politics of fear. There ain't nothin' like it in the world, Baby!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

I am 48 years old and grew up with the kennedy family. They seemed like my family. In good times and bad through joys and sorrow we all can relate. We all have done and said things in or life that we wish had never happened. I do believe in redemption, and the power of faith and prayer. Some may love Teddy and some may judge, but you need to look into the mirror before you do. He tried his best to live a life that most people would have crumbled under so so long ago. He knew other people's pain because he lived so much of it himself. God keeps us close by the pain we know always. For every tear we cry there is a reason why. May he be with his family and loved ones. Teddy i will see you when I get there.

This is to Tom Degan. This is not about politics. To bad you spent most of your time being amused by George Bush instead of paying attention to the service. The scripture you quoted, you should read it again and then look at yourself in the mirror. We can make a difference by looking in the mirror at ourselves first.

My prayers go out to the Kennedy Family and friends. Although I was never eye-to-eye with his political views, I understand he was a husband, a father, and a friend. I wish the Kennnedy Family physical and mental healing from their loss. GOD bless you!

My sincere condolenses go out to Senator Ted Kennedys wife and family. He will not be forgotten, especially for his extremely hard work in the Senate. May he rest in peace with the Lord.

Nice article!!! These funeral services are so useful for us. I am really sad about Kennedy's family. May God bless him and his family.

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