Watch Live: Coverage of Billy Graham’s Funeral

By   •   February 26, 2018

Today—Friday, March 2—Billy Graham’s private funeral service will be held at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. About 2,300 invited guests are expected to attend. Following the service, Mr. Graham will be buried beside his late wife, Ruth, whose grave is at the foot of the cross-shaped brick walkway in the Library’s Prayer Garden.

While the funeral service is private, the public can watch a live stream beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The service itself is scheduled to begin at noon ET.

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The funeral is expected to last 90 minutes. It will be held under a large tent that has been constructed in the main parking lot in front of the Library. The tent serves as a reminder of how Mr. Graham’s ministry launched under “The Canvas Cathedral”—a white canvas tent during a 1949 Crusade in downtown Los Angeles, where 350,000 people heard him share the Gospel over a period of eight weeks.

“It was Mr. Graham’s explicit intent that his funeral service reflect and reinforce the Gospel message he preached for more than 60 years,” said Mark DeMoss, spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Billy Graham's casket taken from hearse in front of library
Billy Graham made his final trip “home” to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday after lying in honor inside the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. The Graham family and a number of BGEA employees stood by as Mr. Graham’s casket was carried onto the grounds.

Mr. Graham’s sister and each of his five children will speak at the service. His oldest son, Franklin Graham, will bring the funeral message.

Dr. Donald Wilton and Dr. David Bruce will speak at the private interment service. Dr. Wilton was Mr. Graham’s pastor and a close friend in recent years. Dr. Bruce served for 23 years as Mr. Graham’s executive assistant.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to attend the service, along with Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence.

As millions are expected to watch the funeral service for “God’s Ambassador,” the man himself would’ve wanted only one thing: for the Gospel to be spread. His life’s work will continue as the love and hope of Jesus Christ is shared on Friday.

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  1. Kimberly Campbell says:

    Jesus loves you!!!!

    1. CARRIE says:

      Praying for you.

  2. Sharon Hatch says:

    Thank you, Jesus, that the loss of this faithful servant is recognized throughout the world. Thank you for bringing his message to everyone.

  3. MaryGrace Garrett says:

    I grew up watching his Crusades and loved listening to him preach the Truth!

  4. Joyce Brown says:

    I became a Christian at Harringay in 1954 at the age of 11. I will be 75 on March 13, and I continue to love Jesus. Billy preached on Romans 10:9-10.

  5. Charles Kozak says:

    Thank God for giving us the Rev. Billy Graham for 99 years. He changed the world as we know it. My prayers go out to his family and his friends.

  6. Dewey Wingate, jr says:

    I loved Billy and Ruth Graham, George Bev. Shea and Cliff Barrows.

  7. Diane Dahl says:

    May you rest in peace alongside our beloved Saviour. Thank you for your never ending desire to share the good news of Jesus.

  8. Patricia H Gilbert says:

    What a man of God. I grew up watching his Crusades. He will be great missed. I prayed for him and his family everyday. He was truly an example of the Lord Jesus Christ…and the apostle Paul. Looking forward to seeing him in Heaven soon. Praying for the family.

  9. Ann Small says:

    My friend Gigi Graham took me up to meet him one day when I was visiting in Black Mountain. I had no idea all the awards and countries he had visited. He focused his attention on me as we talked. That is the kind of unselfish and humble man he was.

  10. Robin C. Wilson says:

    God bless you, Billy Graham!