Monday, July 18, 2011


I found this clip from the funeral of the last of the Hapburg royal dynasty, Prince Otto, to be incredibly sobering and poignant.

As part of the funeral, the procession goes to the Capuchin Friars' Church in Vienna, and a formal  request for interrment of his body is made.

The request is rejected the first time when his noble lineage is read out: "We do not know him".

The request is rejected the second time, when all his personal achievements are listed: "We do not know him."

The third time, the request is made thus: "Otto, a humble sinner" , to which the reply is : "Thus you may enter here."

Wonderful stuff, and a sobering reminder that we stand before God not with our titles and achievements, but in humility.........

May Prince Otto rest in peace, and Memory Eternal.....

His titles were:
 His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke and Prince Imperial Otto of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia
By the Grace of God Emperor of Austria; King of Hungary and Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia and Lodomeria; King of Jerusalem etc.; Archduke of Austria; Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow; Duke of Lorraine, Salzburg, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola and Bukowina; Grand Prince of Transylvania, Margrave of Moravia; Duke of Silesia, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla, Oświęcim and Zator, Teschen, Friaul, Dubrovnik and Zadar; Princely Count of Habsburg and Tyrol, of Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca; Prince of Trento and Brixen; Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and Istria; Count of Hohenems, Feldkirch, Bregenz, Sonnenburg etc.; Lord of Trieste, Kotor and Windic March, Grand Voivod of the Voivodeship of Serbia etc. etc.
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