Pallbearers carry the casket of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia up the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, on Feb. 20, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Scalia's sons and sons-in-law served as pallbearers to carry his flag-draped casket into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a funeral Mass honoring the late jurist who died unexpectedly last weekend.
In a hallowed place where popes have prayed and pilgrims have flocked, mourners gathered Saturday at the nation's largest Catholic church to pay their final respects to Scalia.
Scalia's casket arrived at the basilica after he lay in repose at the Supreme Court on Friday, where thousands of visitors came to honor one of the country's most influential conservatives.
Scalia's son Paul — a Catholic priest — led the service and mixed humor with reverence for the conservative icon and father of nine who died unexpectedly last weekend.
"Sure he forgot our names at times or mixed them up, but there are nine of us," Scalia told thousands of mourners at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
"He loved us and sought to show that love and sought to share the blessing of the faith he treasured," Scalia said.
Scalia was remembered Saturday as a man who loved God, country and family, capping two days of mourning for a jurist who left a long and sometimes provocative legacy on the U.S.
Maureen McCarthy Scalia follows her husband's casket as it is lead out of the church after the funeral Mass.
The family departed for a private burial at an undisclosed site immediately after the Mass.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts leads the justices of the court out of the funeral mass.