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Peace and grace.
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Pope Peter, the 17th Pope of Alexandria, 'the Seal of the Martyrs' always used to refuse to sit on the throne of St. Mark. He would always just sit in front of it or beside it on the floor. THe people used to plea with him to sit on his throne, and he would refuse. Then one times the priests and Bishops did it, so he had a meeting with them and rebuked them, and explained to them that it was because he could see St. Mark sitting on his throne! Then he made them vow not to speak of it... so when Pope Peter was martyred, they took him and placed him on the throne of St. Mark in his Patriarchal garments. This then became the custom for all of our Patriarchs after their death.
Our previous patriarch, Pope Cyril VI, also often would sit at the feet of the throne for the same reason. His personal deacon also tells us of another story. In the Coptic Orthodox Church it is the custom that during a procession, the Pope's deacon will walk behind the Pope carrying the Papal Staff. During one procession, suddenly the Pope was ordering the deacon to walk in front of him. SO the deacon thought he had done something wrong and was being reprimanded! So he apologized, and the Pope said, JUST WALK IN FRONT OF ME! So the deacon walked in front of the Pope for the entire procession, and after it was done, the Pope said to the deacon, "Don't you know that when the Pope is before you you walk behind him? There was the true and first Pope of Alexandria and you were walking behind me!"