Funereal Rite of the Hapsburg Monarchs

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
-Matthew 5:9-10


Blessed Karl 2

This Sunday, October 21st, sees the memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria. While reflecting upon the life of this most holy monarch, I was reminded of a piece from Pater Edmund Waldstein, who was in attendance at the funeral of Otto von Hapsburg, son of Blessed Karl, and rightful Emperor and King of Austria and Hungary.

The following ceremonial, enacted at the entrance of the coffin to the Hapsburg crypt-church of Kapuzinerkiche was translated into English by Pater Edmund, and was retrieved from here.

(The MC knocks thrice)

Prior: Who desires entry?

MC: Otto of Austria; once Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary; Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia, of Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia, Lodomeria and Illyria; Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow; Duke of Lorraine, Salzburg, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola and the Bukowina; Grand Prince of Transylvania, Margrave of Moravia; Duke of Upper and Lower Silesia, of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla, of Oświęcim and Zator, Teschen, Friaul, 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 Windic March, Grand Voivod of the Voivodeship of Serbia etc. etc.

Prior: We do not know him.

(The MC knocks thrice)

Prior: Who desires entry?

MC: Dr. Otto von Habsburg, President and Honorary President of the Paneuropean Union, Member and quondam President of the European Parliament, honorary doctor of many universities, honorary citizen of many cities in Central Europe, member of numerous venerable academies and institutes, recipient of high civil and ecclesiastical honors, awards, and medals, which were given him in recognition of his decades-long struggle for the freedom of peoples for justice and right.

Prior: We do not know him.

(The MC knocks thrice)

Prior: Who desires entry?

MC: Otto, a mortal and sinfull man.

Prior: Then let him come in.


Although robbed of his crown by the machinations of political liberalism, Otto will likely attain to one much more glorious in heaven. Until such a time, however, please offer prayers or Masses for the repose of his soul and his deliverance from Purgatory, so that he might join his illustrious father in the glory of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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