August 29th, 2009
10:23 AM ET
5 years ago

Friends, colleagues gather at church for Kennedy's funeral

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - Friends, family and colleagues arrived under black umbrellas on a rainy, gray Saturday at a Boston church for the funeral Mass to celebrate the life of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

As the guests arrived at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, they were greeted by Kennedy's widow, Victoria Kennedy.

Earlier, friends had gathered at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to pay respects around his flag-draped casket before leaving for the funeral in the Mission Hill district. An honor guard solemnly loaded the senator's casket into a hearse to be delivered to the church.

President Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral, according to the program.

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  1. Ren from Baltimore

    Even Rush can't spoil the inspiration emanating from all participants, both on Friday and again today.

    August 29, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Joe Terrogano

    I am a liberal. I feel no need to apologize or to explain that it is my right to believe what I do. Sen. Kennedy is the personification of a liberal. Socialist? How about caring for all of the people, especially those in need. A champion for the poor and the working class. A wealthy man who believed in sharing the wealth. A man who took Christianity's basic tenants to heart. I don't remember Christian beliefs that endorse power and wealth over charity and compassion. As has been said before, Jesus would have been a socialist according to the conservatives. Those who side with the money and corporations are operating out of greed. God bless Ted Kennedy, a lion for the poor and those in need.

    August 29, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Patricia Chapman

    Edward Kennedy is the heart of what public service is about. His long life of public service is a inspiration. I want people to do something for health care reform for which he truthly dedicated the recent years of life to honor him. May the loving spirit of his heart watch over us.

    August 29, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Deborah Black

    May the Lord bless and keep him, he made his light to shine upon him, now give him peace.

    August 29, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Ernesto

    Kennedy was truly a great man. His flaws were shouldered and apparent, but the many acts of personal compassion and public advocacy served as his penance. Perhaps Ted Kennedy was the brother with the greatest legacy.

    August 29, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. tania liosi

    The death of the last KENNEDY should make us think on who governs this country for so many years.

    August 29, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. S Callahan New York

    AS D.L. Moody said before he died, " Soon you will read in the papers that Moody is dead....Don't believe it.....for in that moment I will be more alive than I have ever been".......

    To Ted....enjoy the fullfilment of the hope!

    August 29, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. katiec

    What a beautiful, heart warming memorial and service.
    Honoring a great man to whom we are saying goodbye.

    August 29, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. 60's survivor

    a good man. a man who cared for many

    August 29, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. special kay

    RIP Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Uncle Teddy as he was commonly known. May your heart rest in peace and my sincere regards to your family.

    August 29, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. lost a great one

    goodbye Mr. Kennedy

    August 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Craig

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful, caring man. The pain and suffering he has endured for his family is more than any one person should have had to take on but somehow through it all he remained strong and remained the light of this family. I hope and pray that we can pass meaningful health care reforms in his honor. It was his passion and his mission to help those who could not help themselves. May he rest in peace.

    August 29, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I think alot of viewers of the proceedings of the past few days didn't realize so many things about Ted Kennedy's profession and life.

    I have been a fan of the Kennedy family since I was 19 years old and JFK ran for the presidency. I have never lost my positive feelings for the Kennedy's.

    It is sad that their legacy seems to have ended. I had always hoped it would continue because they are good people, but considering a few individuals made sure by their guns and bullets to end this dynasty, there was no continuing future for them.

    Bless you, Sen. Kennedy. And God Save America, we sure as hell need it!

    August 29, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. gtekam

    I have never felt more proud of being a liberal. I think this ceremony and the Eulogies have reinforced my comfort that has been attacked in recent years by ultra conservatives at work, and in my private life.
    Suddenly I feel it is God's will to be a liberal again.

    I have never been so proud of our president for respecting the family by letting the family chose what to say about the politics at the funeral.

    Commentators forget that Prez Obama was at a funeral, but not a family member, and therefore, he wanted to let the family shine. And they did shine.

    It wasn't the forum to for him to preach on his agenda. It was for him to praise and present his support to the family and he did.

    August 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Farrell in Houston

    "Sail On" Senator Kennedy, you will be greatly missed.

    August 29, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Raymond Burgoon-Clark

    Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord: and may light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

    August 29, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Watching both ceremonies, the thought occurred to me: Why is it that men can't cry in public? Some of them sure looked as they wanted to.

    Vicki must be made of steel to have endured both ceremonies without breaking down. She is one strong woman – one to be admired!

    August 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    President Obama showed his love for another human being; for his friend Ted Kennedy that did love the people and that is why he kept working for the people regardless of his weaknesses and mistakes. The nation needs to find its heartbeat again, its soul and remember that without love for the people being President, Vice-President, Senator or any other title in life from the bottom up; at the end of the day your work will not matter as it should matter if you do not have love in your heart to work with people, for people that are beside you, in front of you and accompanying you during your own journey. We have seen the President, the man who showed his love for another human being. We have seen the Kennedy's love for a husband, a father, grandfather an uncle, and we have seen from all the Kennedy's love for each other because of a loving human being in their lives; on top of this love they have not lost his ideals because they are entertwined together in their hearts, deeds and memories because of Love as a solid foundation!

    August 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Grace

    Here was a man who could have spent his life doing whatever he pleased and instead worked tirelessly on behalf of those less fortunate than he was. May those in politics reflect on his example and may the American people hold their elected officials to that standard. Senator Kennedy, you will be missed!

    Grace in California

    August 29, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Sorensen

    He did not need to be President.
    He was so much larger, more important and inspirational than all of
    them.
    He started as number four.
    He ended as number one. By far.

    August 29, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. joc,alabama

    Sen.Kennedy you did your best that all we ask,GOD bless you,your family is in my prayers.

    August 30, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
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