“Nothing in my hands I bring”

Written by Lindsay, HBC member

Musing on the funeral ritual which took place in Vienna on 16th July 2011 following the death of Dr Otto von Hapsburg, this verse from Augustus M. Toplady’s great hymn “Rock of Ages” came to mind:

“Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.”

Otto of Austria, former Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, who died on 4th  July, was taken to his last resting place in Vienna’s Kaisergruft on 16th July. Dr Otto von Hapsburg (aged 98), known as “The Father of the House” in the European Parliament, was an accomplished debater and fluent in seven European languages. He was also the head of the historic Hapsburg dynasty, being the son of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor who was exiled in 1919. The funeral ritual took place as follows.

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