Billy Graham Funeral to Take Place Under a ‘Canvas Cathedral’ March 2 – CBN News

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Billy Graham Funeral to Take Place Under a ‘Canvas Cathedral’ March 2

Billy Graham will finish the same way he started – under a large white tent in front of thousands of people. 
Family spokesman Mark DeMoss announced Wednesday evening that Graham’s funeral service will be held Friday, March 2, at 12 noon in a canvas tent set up near The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Graham’s coffin will be moved from the funeral home in Asheville to Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 24. 
Graham will lie in repose at the Graham Family Homeplace from 8 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The public will be allowed to pay their respects to the great preacher during that time. 
The funeral service is private and will include family members, friends, and community leaders who were touched by Graham’s ministry. Approximately 2,300 people will be invited to attend the 90-minute service. 
Graham personally approved the planning and details of his funeral arrangements years before his death and made sure the focus will not be on him, but on the gospel. His son, Franklin Graham will give the funeral message, while his brother and three sisters will speak briefly to honor their father. 
Graham’s preaching ministry first gained national prominence in 1949 when he held a crusade in downtown Los Angeles under a large white tent, also known as a “canvas cathedral.” 
“His family and team members thought it would be fitting to also conduct his funeral service under a tent as a reminder of how his public ministry was launched,” DeMoss said. 
Graham’s casket was hand-made by Angola Prison inmates in 2006, at his request. 
Graham will be buried next to his wife Ruth, who died in 2007, at the foot of the cross walkway at the Billy Graham Library. 

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, it is a growing, effective organization. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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