Goodbye To All That
The motto of this site is ‘Celebrating And Defending Western Civilization’. As one by one, the glories of The West fade into the shadows of a world going mad and rapidly descending into barbarism, let us celebrate and remember one of those radiant rituals that bespoke of the character of Western Man…
In an enlightening review of a new book containing the letters of Austrian writer Joseph Roth’s letters, Aram Bakshian documents the death of an old custom, performed for the final time at the funeral of Otto Von Hapsburg*, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Throne, last year:
But the culmination of all these colorful obsequies was a starkly simple ritual—the same last ceremony that had accompanied members of the Imperial family to their tombs across the centuries of Hapsburg rule and one that, now that Otto von Hapsburg has been laid to rest, will never occur again:
At the portal of the Capuchin Church, a member of the funeral procession strikes the closed door with his staff. Behind the door a monk asks who seeks entry. The functionary replies: “Otto von Hapsburg” and proceeds to recite the latter’s long list of imperial, royal, grand ducal and other hereditary titles. From behind the door, the monk answers, “We know him not.” Again, the functionary strikes the door with his staff , this time listing Otto von Hapsburg’s many personal achievements, public positions, and honors. And, again, the monk replies, “We know him not.” For a third time, the door is struck and the monk asks who seeks entry. The answer is much shorter this time: “Otto, a poor dead sinner.” “As such,” the monk responds, “he may enter.” The door opens and the last Imperial heir is laid to rest, like his ancestors, not as one of the mighty of the earth but as a simple child of God.
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.
All that is left is The Remnant, The Camp Of The Saints And The Beloved City.
*Full name: Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl
Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan
Pius Ignatius von Habsburg.
His title of pretence: 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, Auschwitz and Zator, Teschen, Friuli,
Dubrovnik and Zadar; Princely Count of Habsburg and Tyrol,
of Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca; Prince of Trent and Brixen;
Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and Istria; Count of Hohenems,
Feldkirch, Bregenz, Sonnenburg etc.; Lord of Trieste,
Kotor and the Windic March, Grand Voivod of the Voivodeship
of Serbia etc. etc.