Funeral Mass Programme for Senator Kennedy

{{w|Ted Kennedy}}, Senator from Massachusetts.
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

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

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.

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
* 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.

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.
Longtime Kennedy family friend and concelebrant of the funeral mass.

Fr. Percival D’ Silva, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Kensington, Maryland.
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.
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.
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

* 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

* Gospel:

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”

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One Response

  1. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Stay strong.

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