a royal entombment …

“ … when the body of a royal Habsburg is taken from the cathedral for burial, the solemn procession makes its way to the Habsburg tomb. An official knocks loudly on the sepulchral doors with a staff. 

“Who desires entry?” says a voice from inside the doors. 

“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, Duke of Upper and Lower Silesia, of Modena, Parma . . . Princely Count of Habsburg and Tyrol, Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and Istria . . . Grand Voivod of the Voivodeship of Serbia . . . [the pedigree goes on].”

“We do not know him.”

A second knocking.

“Who desires entry?”

“Dr. Otto von Habsburg, President and Honorary President of the Paneuropean Union and quondam President of the European Parliament, honorary doctor of many universities . . . [again the august list].

“We do not know him.”

A third knocking.

“Who desires entry? 

“Otto, a mortal and sinful man.”

“Then let him come in.”

Thomas Howard Two Deaths First Things May 2012

2 thoughts on “a royal entombment …”

  1. Through this example we see that the gospel continues to baffle us as His amazing grace is an undeserved gift that is never earned by pedigree or works.

  2. Dustin Gaines appreciated you sharing a royal entombment. He says that YOU are a beautiful example of the works of the Makers Hand.

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