The city he so dearly loved -- and gave solace to during its darkest days -- will say its final farewell Tuesday to Cardinal Edward Egan.

Mass for Egan, who died last Thursday at the age of 82, will be follow a procession starting at 1:30 p.m. on Fifth Ave. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Most of the local broadcast stations and NY1 will begin live coverage at that hour,

Presiding will be Egan’s successor, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York.

Egan, like other the archbishops of the diocese who died before him, will be entombed in beneath the cathedral.

A final public viewing will continue Tuesday morning until 11 a.m.
Egan retired in 2009.

He led a financial reorganization of the church that saw the closing of dozens of parishes and parochial schools. The decisions were painful, but necessary, Dolan said -- and not made lightly.

He will perhaps most be remembered for helping to comfort New York after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks -- and trekking to Ground Zero to pray for the dead and give solace to the first responders mourning the death of hundreds of their own as they searched for bodies and survivors.

“He did many, many funerals,” recalled former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, who will be in the pews Tuesday.

And he “went to many memorial services,” Kelly said, according to local CBS2 “He did it with a passion, really. If you spoke to him after 9/11, you knew how deeply it affected him.”