"I would like to say a word about what everyone is saying about Denis," said David Courage, the second victim in Quebec's election-night shooting. "He is truly a hero, that guy."
"Denis Blanchette not only saved the life of Madame Marois," Global Montreal cameraman, Martin Hazel, posted on Facebook. "He saved mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, uncles, lovers . . . and me. Thank you Denis."
The sound of bells tolling rings out across the city of Montreal.
Father Joseph Dubé is leading the service in honour of Denis Blanchette.
A framed photograph of Denis Blanchette is on a stand in front of the altar. His mother is here, holding a white candle.
The first reading is from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39.
Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things, we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The word of the Lord.
Father Joseph Dubé speaks about the importance of celebration - not of death - but of life.
Father Dubé tells the congregation that the life of Denis Blanchette was a simple one. Like all of us, he had his strengths and his weaknesses.
Some criticism of the funeral on social media surfacing because there were hundreds not allowed to attend and many of the guests inside are officials - not family, friends or mourners.
The adopted daughter of Denis Blanchette is very emotional as she speaks of her father. "I miss you so much already . . . Je t'aime, Papi."
Family and close friends of Denis Blanchette approach his coffin for the rite of commendation - each take a turn to sprinkle holy water, including several children, his mother, and his best friend.
Attendees at the funeral are signing the register.
The prayer for absolution was said by the Father Dubé and the "In paradisum" is now being sung while the body of Denis Blanchette is carried from the church, followed by family and close friends.
The casket has been placed in the hearse. The family and close friends of Denis Blanchette will now head to the cemetery for the burial.
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