WASHINGTON (CNN) – On the second day of mourning led by the Supreme Court justice’s son, thousands gathered to say good-bye to the leading conservative voice on the high court. Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last week at the age of 79.
Mourners filled the capitol’s grandest Catholic Church on Saturday to pay their respects to the late justice Antonin Scalia.
Bells tolled for several minutes while the hearse carrying the late Justice pulled up to the basilica of the national shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket into the basilica following a procession of clergymen.
Long time friend, Justice Clarence Thomas was among several current and past justices attending the mass along with many political dignitaries like Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz.
The late Justice’s son, Reverend Paul Scalia, delivered mass for his father and began with the liturgy. Justice Thomas did the first reading.
“Hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us,” said Thomas.
Reverend Scalia then read the homily where he thanked everyone for the outpouring of support, “On behalf of our mother and the entire Scalia family, I want to thank you for your presence here, your many words of consolation and even more for the many prayers and masses you have offered at the death of our father, Antonin Scalia.”
Immediately following the mass, Scalia’s family left for the burial site to say their final farewell.
“In the waters of baptism, Antinon died with Christ and rose with him to new life. May he now share with him eternal glory,” said one of the priest.