United with God


        During one of Zita’s last trips to Austria, her health became more precarious.  She continued to deteriorate; she had already lost her eyesight and movement became more and more difficult.  She was always accompanied by some of her children and was cared for by her lady-in-waiting, Marie, Baroness von Plappart.  The testimonies of the nurses charged with her care, the Sisters of Familia Spiritualis "Opus" are absolutely edifying.  She serenely awaited death in order to see her loving spouse once again.  Her prayer was answered on March 14, 1989, when she was almost 97 years of age.


        During her funeral in Vienna on April 1, 1989, the 67th anniversary of the death of her beloved husband, the ceremonial used to take her mortal remains into the Crypt of the Capuchin Friars expresses very well the humility of the Servant of God:

       The court chamberlain rapped three times on the heavy church door.
- From inside, the voice of a Capuchin friar answered: ”Who begs entrance?” 
The Chamberlain responded: “Her Majesty Zita, by the grace of God, Empress of Austria, Apostolic Queen of Hungary, Queen of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slovenia, Galicia, Lodomeria and Illyria, Queen of Jerusalem etc…; Archduchess of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Cracow; Duchess of Lorraine, Salzburg, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola and Bukovina; Grand Princess of Transylvania, Margravine of Moravia; Duchess of Upper and Lower Silesia, of Modena, Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, of Auschwitz and Sator, of Teschen, Friuli, Ragusa and Zara; Princely Countess of Habsburg and Tyrol, of Kyburg, Görz and Gradisca, Princess of Trient and Brixen, Margravice of Upper and Lower Lusatia and Istria; Countess of Hohenems, Feldkirch, Bregenz and Sonnenberg…etc…; Lady of Triest, Cattaro and in the Windic March; Grand Vojvode of the Vojvodeship of Serbia…etc… ; born Princess Royal of Bourbon, Princess of Parma…etc…” .
- The Capuchin friar answered: “We know her not.” The door remained closed.
A second time, the chamberlain knocked. “Who begs entrance?” 
Her Majesty Zita, Empress and Queen.”
“We know her not.”
And a third time, three knocks resound: “Who begs entrance?
Zita, a mortal sinner.”
Let her enter.”

- Video in German with the ceremonial of the entrance into the crypt:

-Documentary in French (procession and tomb in the Capuchin crypt, program of Frédéric Mitterand):