One day as St Severus was in hiding, he went to the desert of Scetis, Egypt, and entered a church there disguised as a foreign monk. After the priest had placed the Qurban on the altar and had offered incense throughout the church he returned to the altar to find the Qurban missing from the paten. The priest was disturbed by this and wept. Interpreting this as a sign of divine rebuke, he turned towards the congregation and said, "O brethren, I cannot find the Qurban, and do not know whether this on account of my sins or yours. Immediately, an angel of the Lord appeared and told the priest, "This has happened neither on account of your sins nor the sins of the congregation, but rather because you offered the Qurban in the presence of a Patriarch." The priest, astonished, responded, "And where is the Patriarch my master?" The angel pointed to St. Severus who was standing in a corner of the church. By the Grace of the Holy Spirit the priest recognised him immediately. The priest came to St Severus and brought him to the altar with great honour, and when he had gone up to the altar he found the Qurban in the paten as it had been before, and they all praised God and glorified His Name.
Glory be to God forever. Amen.