sic transit gloria mundi

thus passes the glory of the world


A reminder that all things are fleeting. During Papal Coronations, a monk reminds the pope of his mortality by saying this phrase, preceded by pater sancte ("holy father") while holding before his eyes a burning paper illustrating the passing nature of earthly glories. This is similar to the tradition of a slave in Roman triumphs whispering memento mori.


  • sicso, that is right, that is so, thus, yes
  • gloriafame, glory, renown