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(WASHINGTON) — The funeral for late Justice Antonin Scalia was underway at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Bells tolled for several minutes when the hearse carrying the late justice pulled up to the basilica Saturday morning. Supreme Court honor guard lined the steps of the church as pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket into the basilica, walking in a slow, minutes-long procession down the long aisle of the 3,500-seat basilica.

Over 60 members of the Scalia family followed the casket’s procession inside.

The homily was being delivered by Scalia’s son, Father Paul Scalia, a Catholic priest, with the basilica choir singing hymns.

The service marked the second day of public mourning for Scalia, who died last weekend. He lied in repose on Friday in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall with an American flag draped over his casket. Scalia’s casket was placed upon the same catafalque used for President Abraham Lincoln.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid their respects to Scalia at the court Friday and were not in attendance at the funeral. Vice President Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, attended the Mass.

Many other dignitaries, including the other justices, were at the funeral.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was also there, as was Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

The burial, set to take place later Saturday at a site not announced by the court, is private.

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