The life of former President George H.W. Bush will be celebrated Wednesday beginning at an 11 a.m. EST service at the Washington National Cathedral. The 41st president, who passed away Friday, has lain in state at the Capitol since Monday.
At least four people will deliver eulogies at the service: His son, former President George W. Bush; former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; former Sen. Alan Simpson; and presidential historian and Bush 41 biographer Jon Meacham. (At a funeral service on Houston on Thursday, grandson George P. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker are expected to speak).
Here is a rundown of Wednesday’s schedule, from ABC News and the Bush family:
10 a.m.: Departure ceremony as remains of President Bush leave the U.S. Capitol.
11 a.m.: Casket arrives at Washington National Cathedral and service begins.
ORDER OF SERVICE
Organ Prelude, George Fergus (Organist, Washington National Cathedral)
"Nocturne," The United States Marine Orchestra
"Lay me Low," The Armed Forces Chorus
"Our Town," The United States Marine Orchestra
"My Song in the Night," The Armed Forces Chorus
"Hymn to the Fallen" & "America the Beautiful," The Armed Forces
Chorus and The United States Marine Orchestra
"Four Ruffles and Flourishes," "Hail to the Chief," and "For All the
Saints," The United States Coast Guard Band
The Reception of the Body, The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding
Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church and The Right Reverend
Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
"My house shall be called a house of prayer," The Cathedral Choir
The Anthems in Procession, The Reverend Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr., Rector,
St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas
"Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven"
The Collect for Burial, The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean,
Washington National Cathedral
The First Reading
Isaiah 60:1-5, 18-20, Mrs. Lauren Bush Lauren & Ms. Ashley Walker Bush
Tribute, Mr. Jon Meacham, Presidential Historian and Author
"The King of love my shepherd is," The Cathedral Choir
The Second Reading
Revelation 21:1-4, 23-25, Mrs. Jenna Bush Hager
Tribute, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Eighteenth Prime Minister of
Tribute, The Honorable Alan K. Simpson, former United States Senator, Wyoming
"Last full measure of devotion," Ronan Tynan (soloist) & The Armed Forces
Chorus and the United States Marine Orchestra
Tribute, The Honorable George W. Bush, Forty-Third President of the United States
"O God, our help in ages past," The Armed Forces Chorus with the United
States Marine Orchestra
The Holy Gospel, Matthew 5:14-16, The Very Reverend Randolph
Marshall Hollerith, Dean, Washington National Cathedral
Homily, The Reverend Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr., Rector, St. Martin's
Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas
Musical Reflection, "Friends", Michael W. Smith (soloist)
The Apostles' Creed
The Lord's Prayer, Ronan Tynan (soloist)
The Prayers, The Reverend Canon Jan Naylor Cope, Provost,
Washington National Cathedral
"Eternal Father, strong to save," The Armed Forces Chorus with
The United States Marine Orchestra
The Commendation, The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde,
Bishop, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; The Very
Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean, Washington
National Cathedral; The Reverend Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr.,
Rector, Saint Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas
The Blessing, The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding
Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church
The Dismissal, The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith,
Dean, Washington National Cathedral
"For all the saints"
Musical Honors, The United States Coast Guard Band
"Four Ruffles and Flourishes"
"Hail to the Chief"
"Holy God, we praise thy Name"
Organ Postlude, George Fergus, Organist, Washington National
Final," from "Symphonie I, Op. 14"
HOW TO WATCH
Cable networks like Fox News, CNN and MSNBC will all likely carry the event live, as will some main networks such as CBS, NBC and ABC. The service will also be shown live on C-SPAN beginning at 9:30 a.m.
WHO'LL BE THERE
President Trump and first lady Melania will be seated in the front row, along with the four former presidents and their families: George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Also attending are Britain’s Prince Charles, the king and queen of Jordan, Polish President Andrzej Duda and other dignitaries from around the world.
Here's a full list:
Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein and Rania Al-Abdullah, King and Queen of Jordan
Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia, and his wife Lady Lynne Cosgrove
Andrzej Duda, President of Poland
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
HRH Charles, Prince of Wales
Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Prince of Bahrain
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of Qatar
Anibal Vaco, former President of Portugal
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former President of Estonia
Lech Walesa, former President of Poland
Carlos Salinas, former President of Mexico
Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and his wife Dame Norma Major
Nasser Alahmed Al-Sabah, former Prime Minister of Kuwait
Yasuo Fukuda, former Prime Minister of Japan
John Swan, former Premier of Bermuda
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
12:30-2:15 p.m.: Casket departs cathedral, arrives at Joint Base Andrews. President Bush’s remains will then be flown from Joint Base Andrews to Ellington Field in Houston.
5:30 p.m.: Arrival ceremony at Ellington Field.
6:45 p.m.: Arrival ceremony at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
President Bush’s remains will lie in repose at St. Martin’s with an honor guard until Thursday 4 a.m.