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Goodbye To All That

27 April 2012 @ 10:16

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.

  1. 27 April 2012 @ 11:25 11:25

    A heads up on a great speech given to the NY Federal Reserve bank can be found at http://www.economicpolicyjournal posted april 25th. Reminds me of Codevilla’s paper of a couple of years ago. Rather stunning and cuts no slack.

  2. formwiz permalink
    27 April 2012 @ 22:42 22:42

    King of Jerusalem.

    A thousand years of tradition. We’re really not about that in this country, but it still takes your breath away to think of it.

    And we’re stuck with Zero who can’t even remember who liberated Auschwitz.

    • 27 April 2012 @ 23:55 23:55

      Oh…how the mighty have fallen.

      While we have [rightly] rejected such things here, it’s comforting to know such things still exist.

      According to Wikipedia, the present claiments to the throne of Jerusalem are:

      -Juan Carlos I, current king of Spain

      -Victor Emmanuel, Prince of Naples, claimant to the royal throne of Italy (House of Savoy)

      -Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta, claimant to the royal throne of Italy (House of Savoy-Aosta)

      -Karl von Habsburg, claimant to the imperial throne of Austria and the royal thrones of Hungary and Bohemia (House of Habsburg-Lorraine) [Otto’s successor]

      -Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria, claimant to the royal throne of Two Sicilies (House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies Calabria line)

      -Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro, claimant to the royal throne of Two Sicilies (House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies Castro line)

      -Charles-Antoine Lamoral, prince de Ligne de La Trémoïlle, heir-general of Yolande-Louise of Savoy and the Brienne claims

      • formwiz permalink
        28 April 2012 @ 22:54 22:54

        Nice to know somebody’s hiring.

  3. 28 April 2012 @ 00:31 00:31

    “Grand Voivod of the Voivodeship of Serbia”.

    I am so having that put on my business card.

  4. Arius permalink
    28 April 2012 @ 02:55 02:55

    The tradition of striking the church door to ask for entry was practiced in Constantinople. The Emperor would strike the Sancta Sophia (aka Hagia Sophia) Church doors to ask for entry, a tradition that only ended during the 70 odd year rule of the ‘latins’ from the West that stabbed the Byzantine Empire in the back and after the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453.

  5. M. Thompson permalink
    28 April 2012 @ 18:23 18:23

    That even the most powerful are powerless before God, that is a sublimely beautiful idea.

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