Favourite departed Saint:
His Holiness Pope Cyril the Sixth, 116th Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and the See of St. Mark (Coptic Orthodox Patriarch - 1959-1971)
Numerous books have been written with regards to the miracles he performed whilst alive, and those performed through his intercessions, including the gifts bestowed upon him by The Lord, such as prescience, clairvoyance, and even bilocation. Volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5 of a series of books recollecting and sharing those miracles and the wisdom and spirituality he possessed, can be purchased at the following links:
Miracles, Volumes 1, 2, 4, and 5:ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=909https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=910https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=177https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=1091
Books on his life and person:School of Virtue:https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=907Spiritual Leadership:https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=902Man of Prayer:https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=294The Fruits of Love:https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=903Service and Humility:https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=908The Heavenly harp:https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=1223A Melody from heaven:https://www.orthodoxbookstore.com/product.details.aspx?ProductID=898
He performed miracles for the weakest of children to the most powerful of men, including the president of Egypt himself - Abdel Nassar; his service characterized perfectly by the above book titles - it is his great love, humility and wisdom in particular that atrracts me more than any of the hundreds of fascinating miracles performed through his prayers. In his Pastoral speech on the first anniversary of his consecration and ascension to the Patriarchal Throne of Alexandria and the See of St Mark, he stated in meekness and with genuine love: "I wish I could open my heart so that you may all see inside how great my love is towards you all..a love that stems that which filled Christ's to the extent that He became man and shed His blood for our redemption."
He has also been labeled “Friend of the Saints
”, for he was known to have a unique personal relationship with St Mary, the Apostle St Mark whom he succeeded on the throne; St Demiana, St George the Prince of Martyrs, and especially St Menas, seeing them and communicating with them on numerous occasions.
I would like to quote just four of hundreds of the miracles he performed — one before and one after his departure, as well as one performed via his relationship with St Mark and another performed via his relationship with St Menas, as they are recorded in Volume II of The Miracles of Pope Kyrillos VI (forgive the dodgy English — the translations aren’t very top notch).
Pope Kyrillos & St Mark the Apostle - From page 74
“Dr. Nabila Fawzi (of 148 Army PDe, Cleopatra, Alexandria) tells the following miracle:
Jesus Christ’s miracles performed for us through the intercession of the Virgin St Mary, St Mina, St Mark, and Pope Kyrillos are so many, but I’ll tell you about one that was a landmark in our lives.
My husband was studying for his PhD, but his superiors at work were against him and did not want him to attain such a degreeÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦they put as much obstacles in his wayÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦.even transferring him far away from Alexandria so that he could not complete his research at the university laboratory. At that time I too was doing my post-graduate studies in Alexandria while my husband was banished to Lake Karoon. I used to ask Pope Kyrillos to pray for us, and he always responded: “I always mention you to St Mark; God is willing, and your husband will get his PhD and will be transferred back to Alexandria; God will put your enemies under your feet.” Following this statement by the Pope, my husband received a dream in which he was in a small room in which the door was being blocked by a fierce tiger, when suddenly, one dressed in white grabbed one of the tigers by the mouth and made way for my husband to leave the room. Believing this to be a sure sign from God that He would help us out of our predicament, we went to the Church of St Mark in Alexandria to thank God for His care. In the Church we crossed the compartment of St Mark when my husband said to me: “This is the person I saw in my vision, who held down the tiger’s mouth and let me out of the room.” I knelt down in thankfulness to God who was glorified through the intercession of the devout Pope Kyrillos who I now knew was being serious when he said to me that he mentions us to St Mark the Apostle. The Saintly Pope Kyrillos used to talk so simply and meekly that people like me, with little faith, thought he was only trying to make people feel better. Now we are are certain that the Pope always meant what he said.”
Pope Kyrillos and St George - From Pages 76-77:
St George Opens His Churches to His Holiness The Pope:
His Holiness Pope Kyrillos VI is a Saint who knows how to communicate with the Saints through fasting and prayer. They give him as he wishes by intercessions readily available to the Throne of Grace. He talks with the great Martyr St George the Roman with intimacy and the Saint listens to him.
The Pope once wanted to visit St George’s Church at El Max in Alexandria. The time was seven o’clock on a wintery evening. The chauffer, Brother Azmi, drove on to find the suburb shrouded in darkness for there had been a blackout. Pope Kyrillos stood at the Church’s door as the caretaker rushed to the Priest’s house, though the priest was not home. His Holiness the Pope talked intimately to St George and in a kind of reproach said to him, “Do we come all this way especially for you O St George and you hold back your light from us?” In true faith, the Pope ordered the caretaker to switch on the light, and immediately the lights glittered inside the Church like sunshine at Midday. The Pope offered incense and as soon as he concluded his prayers and left the Church the darkness of the blackout wrapped the suburb again.
On a Thursday of the Nativity of Fasting of 1964, His Holiness the Pope went at 7 o Clock in the morning to the church of St George and St Antonios at Moharam Bey, Alexandria. The main gate was closed as a heavy chain and large padlock secured it, for the caretaker had not yet opened it. In the same way the Pope talked to St George as if talking with a close friend, and turning to those who accompanied him he said: “I don’t believe that we have come to serve the liturgy for St George only to find the door locked.” He then instructed Rev. Father Yacoub El Baramousi to push hard against the gate which was locked by the huge steel chain and secured by a large padlock. Miraculously the steel chain fell off as if it was cut by a powerful sawÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦
Miracle before Departure — page 17:
Mr Fakhri Azer Mancarious of 3 Ashraf St Tanta tell us:
“After six years of marriage God had not give us any children. My wife was treated by many gynecologistsÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦, but neither medication nor radiology could mend the deformity in my wife’s procreative system. Then we heard of Pope Kyrillos’ sanctity and the miracles performed through his prayers. We went to see him at the Patriarchate in Cairo, where he placed his hands over our heads and prayed. When he finished his prayers he said “God willingÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦this day of next year the two of you will be three and everything is completed by the Holy Trinity.” Before we left, he added that the child would be a male, and asked us to name him Mena. We gave thanks to the Lord who worked through the Pope’s prayers, giving us a son at the exact date predicted by His Holiness.
Miracle after departure - On page 78:
Dr Mikhail Gobran, Director of the Medical Centre, Geziret Badran, Shoubra, says:
In December 1973..a teacher at Kishk High School lodged with me an application for sick leave. Asking what his ailment was, he said that he suffered from an inflamed fistula and that he could not undergo the operation because his heart valved were infected with rheumatism, a condition with which the anesthetic could not be usedÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦I authorized the required sick leaveÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦While in my office he saw the book Miracle of Pope Kyrillos on my desk. He ridiculed the belief in miracles in the time of science and scientific research and added that a real proof would be the removal of the fistula by the methods of the departed Pope Kyrillos.
Ten days later the teacher was looking for me until he found me in the office of the health inspector. He told us what happened to him, telling us that in his sleep one night he felt two men carry him and put him on a table to examine his chest. He thought to himself why they were examining his chest while he suffered from a fistula. An elder then appeared, who was Pope Kyrillos, and who punched him gently saying: “You naÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¯ve, the heart is the most important”. In the morning, all the symptoms of the bad heart were gone. Another ten days and the same thing happened again, Pope Kyrillos saying to him, “Tonight is the fistula, because the heart is well and can stand it.”
The teacher came to me two days after the second night, I examined him with the health inspector and ascertained the complete healing of the fistula by a miracle and through the blessings of Pope Kyrillos VI, may he always bestow his blessings upon us.
A live recording of a Liturgy performed by His Holiness before his departure can be downloaded from here:http://www.saintmina-holmdel.org/Multimedia/index.php
Below are three photos of His Holiness the blessed Pope Kyrillos the sixth.
1) In the first we find that upon the development of the photo taken of His Holiness’ picture as located in a monastery, that a faint yet sure outline of His Holiness’ patron saint St Menas appears.
2) In the second photo we find that upon its development, the departed Pope Kyrillos appears behind the man who is contemplating on the departed Pope’s picture — giving us a sure message that the departed Saints are always present with us, ready to offer our prayers and intercede on our behalf before the Throne of God.