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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ted Kennedy funeral beautiful, poignant

Another programming alert for readers: Ted Kennedy's funeral - a beautiful, beautiful Catholic mass - is being broadcast live now on C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and locally, NWCN (Northwest Cable News).

It is also being streamed online.

Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Patrick J. Kennedy will offer remembrances, while President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy. A final commendation will be made by Archbishop Sean P. Cardinal O’Malley.

In attendance are some fifteen hundred guests, including former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, and their spouses, besides the current President and Vice President of the United States, and their spouses, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

Celebrants of the Mass include the Rev. Donald MacMillian, Chaplain of Boston College, Fr. J. Donald Monan, S.J., the Chancellor of Boston College, Fr. Gerry Creedon, the Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington, Virginia, Fr. Percival D’ Silva of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington, Maryland, the Rev. Mark R. Hession, of Our Lady of Victory, Centerville, Massachusetts, and the Very Rev. Raymond Collins, C.SS.R. Pastor, Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Among the musicians present to provide accompaniment to the Mass is famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, with James David Christie on the organ, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

The Prayers of the Faithful, which are the intercessions offered after the homily at a Catholic Mass, were offered by Kennedy granchildren. The prayer that got one of the loudest responses was read by Max Allen: That all Americans have healthcare as a right and not a privilege. Amen.

That's what Teddy spent his life fighting for. The struggle is not over, but for all whose causes have been his concern, the work goes on...


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