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Billy Graham lies in honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda; memorial service held

Rev. Billy Graham is honored by lying in state in the Capitol

His work on earth is done and now Evangelist Billy Graham is being given an honor only few  have received.  Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 1.

Graham’s Los Angeles Crusade in 1949 brought international recognition. Originally scheduled for three weeks, the meetings were extended to more than eight weeks. He famously refused to allow his   crusades  to be segregated and wanted all to come, and they did. He also posted bail  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.

“Christ belongs to all people. He belongs to the whole world… I reject any creed based on hate… Christianity is not a white man’s religion, and don’t let anybody ever tell you that it’s white or black.”-Billy Graham

Billy Graham died Wednesday, February 21 at age 99 at his home in Montreat, N.C. During his more than 80 Billy Graham will lie in stateyears in ministry, he preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history. He preached his last sermon on Nov. 7, 2013, for “My Hope America With Billy Graham.” He  wrote 33 books, including his autobiography “Just As I Am.” His last book, “Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, And Our Life Beyond The Now” was published in 2015.

After his funeral, Billy Graham’s body will be buried at a cross-shaped brick walkway in the northeast side of the Billy Graham Library, next to his wife Ruth, who was buried in 2007. The interment will be private and family-only. Casket was made by inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary prison in Angola.

Michael W. Smith sings at Billy Graham memorial serviceMulti-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith took part in the memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda.  Singing “Just As I Am” during the service, Michael said he had “no words to fully describe the emotions from this morning. So grateful!”

Also participating in today’s service to pay tribute were President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senator Mitch McConnell. Present at the service were Vice President Mike Pence, numerous Cabinet officials, senators, House members and Rev. Graham’s family members. The full service can be viewed here.

The Capitol Rotunda is open to the public from approximately 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The lying in honor period will end at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Enter through the Capitol Visitor Center. Photographs in the Rotunda are strictly prohibited. President Trump, in a proclamation, ordered the U.S. flag be flown at half staff on the day of Graham’s internment.

Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of PositivelyGospel.com, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.

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