Details released for Billy Graham's memorial and funeral services
The funeral for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, has been set for next week.
A motorcade will transport Graham’s body from The Cove to the Billy Graham Library on Saturday. Graham will lie in repose at the library for at least two days, starting Monday, Feb. 26. The line will be open to the public from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
"It was Billy Graham’s explicit intent that his funeral service reflect and reinforce the Gospel message he preached for over 60 years. He personally approved the planning and details of the service," Mark DeMoss, a spokesman for the DeMoss Group, a public relations firm handling the arrangements for Graham, said during a news conference Wednesday night.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan say Graham's body will then lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Feb. 28 and March 1. Ryan says he's inviting members of Congress and the public to pay their respects.
Graham's funeral will be held at noon Friday, March 2, in a tent by the Billy Graham Library. The service is private and by invitation only. DeMoss said invitations will be extended to President Donald Trump and former presidents. He said Graham's son Franklin Graham will perform the eulogy.
Graham will be buried beside his wife, Ruth, at the foot of the cross-shaped brick walkway in the Prayer Garden beside the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.
Graham’s casket was made by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in 2006. Franklin Graham preached at Angola in 2005, and, upon learning that inmates had built caskets for other inmates who died in prison, he asked if they could make one for his mother and father, DeMoss said.
An arrangement of white lilies in the shape of a cross will accompany Graham’s casket.
In a 2007 interview, Graham was asked how he wanted to be remembered. “That I was faithful to the message that He gave and faithful to the calling that He gave me to go into the world and preach the gospel. That’s how I’d like to be remembered,” he responded.
A memorial website has also been created for the late Billy Graham. Visitors can learn more about Graham's life and message, as well as leave a message or condolences.