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A real life example during the burial of Zita, Blessed Karl's wife, Austrian Empress and mother of Otto of Habsburg, recently deceased.



Here's the textual example of what happens at the gate, this time with Otto of Habsburg, the last member of the Imperial family to have died:
Quote:It has now also been settled that the historic Habsburg ceremony of knocking three times on the door of the Imperial Vault will be carried out.

At the first knock Father Gottfried, the Capuchin monk who is custodian of the Imperial Vault, will call out “Wer begehrt Einlass?” (“Who requests entry?”)

The master of ceremonies, Ulrich-Walter Lipp, will respond by giving all the imperial titles once held by the deceased: “Otto von Österreich, einst Kronprinz von Österreich-Ungarn, königlicher Prinz von Ungarn und Böhmen, von Dalmatien, Kroatien, Slawonien, Galizien, Lodomerien und Illyrien, Großherzog von Toskana und Krakau, Herzog von Lothringen, von Salzburg, Steyr, Kärnten, Krain und der Bukowina, Großfürst von Siebenbürgen, Markgraf von Mähren, Herzog von Ober- und Niederschlesien, von Modena, Parma, Piacenza und Guastalla, von Auschwitz und Zator, von Teschen, Friaul, Ragusa und Zara, gefürsteter Graf von Habsburg und Tirol, von Kyburg, Görz und Gradisca, Fürst von Trient und Brixen, Markgraf von Ober- und Niederlausitz und in Istrien, Graf von Hohenems, Feldkirch, Bregenz, Sonnenberg etc., Herr von Triest, von Cattaro und auf der Windischen Mark, Großwojwode der Wojwodschaft Serbien etc., etc.”

“Wir kennen ihn nicht” (“We know him not”), the monk will reply and the master of ceremonies will knock a second time. “Wer begehrt Einlass?” This time the master of ceremonies will reply with the civilian honours acquired by the former Crown Prince during his long post-imperial life:
“Dr. Otto von Habsburg, Präsident und Ehrenpräsident der Paneuropa-Union, Mitglied und Alterspräsident des Europäischen Parlamentes, Ehrendoktor zahlreicher Universitäten und Ehrenbürger vieler Gemeinden in Mitteleuropa, Mitglied ehrwürdiger Akademien und Institute, Träger hoher und höchster staatlicher und kirchlicher Auszeichnungen, Orden und Ehrungen, die ihm verliehen wurden in Anerkennung seines jahrzehntelangen Kampfes für die Freiheit der Völker, für Recht und Gerechtigkei”.

“Wir kennen ihn nicht”.

Then the third knock. “Wer begehrt Einlass?”

“Otto, ein sterblicher, sündiger Mensch” (“Otto, a mortal, sinful human being”). “So komme sie herein” (“So come here in”), the custodian will answer and the gate will be opened.

Virtual Vienna Net Wrote:Imperial Burial Vault & Heart Crypt

The Habsburgs' final resting place is yet another shining example of the morbid tendencies of the Austrians. Emperor Ferdinand III decreed that the Vault of the Church of the Capuchin Friars should serve as an official burial site of the Habsburgs. Today, 146 persons are entombed in 138 metal caskets, all of them - with one exception, a governess of Empress Maria Theresia - members of the Habsburg dynasty.

The crypt centers around a large double sarcophagus decorated with life-size figures, containing the bodies of baroque empress Maria Theresia and her consort Franz Stephan of Lorraine. Joseph II rests much more modestly in a simple copper coffin. Emperor Franz Joseph was laid to rest next to Empress Sisi and Crown Prince Rudolf. His brother, Emperor Maximilian I, who was assassinated in Mexico, was given a place in a new vault which was added in the 1950s. And in 1989, Austria's last empress, Zita, joined her relatives in the Imperial Burial Vault, where descendents of the Habsburg line can still be buried to this day.

Gruesome, but true: according to an unchanging ritual, the bodies of the Habsburgs were buried at three locations. The hearts were put into the "Heart Crypt" in the Church of the Augustinian Friars (Augustinerkirche), where today, they still fill 54 silver urns. The intestines were placed in copper urns in the Herzogsgruft (Ducal Crypt) of the Catacombs in St. Stephen's Cathedral. And the "remaining remains" were laid to rest in the Imperial Burial Vault.

Read more about the Imperial Crypt.
This is so awesome. A wonderful relic of the glory days of Christendom. Thanks for sharing.
(07-15-2011, 12:23 PM)rbjmartin Wrote: [ -> ]This is so awesome. A wonderful relic of the glory days of Christendom. Thanks for sharing.

Otto of Habsburg was recently buried according to this traditional ritual.
Wonderful. Thank you for sharing, Vetus. The ceremony for entrance into the burial vault is beautiful and theologically rich.
Fascinating.  Was this a tradition (the 3 knocks) throughout the Church, or just for the Hapsburg's?
Fascinating.  Thanks for sharing this.
Wow, thank you for sharing this!  I've been inside the intestine urn crypt when I visited St. Stephen's in Austria a few years ago. It makes one strangely proud to be Catholic  ;D
That. Is. Awesome.

German is such a cool language too.
Wow!!!! Thanks for sharing.
(07-15-2011, 08:30 PM)LausTibiChriste Wrote: [ -> ]That. Is. Awesome.

German is such a cool language too.

You know it!
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