Liturgy · St Kyrillos VI

“When we have something important to do, we pray the liturgy first”

A priest relates: After my ordination as a priest, according to the will of the Lord of Glory Jesus Christ, who is the Supreme High Priest, and with the hands of His beloved Pope Kyrillos VI, I used to learn from His Holiness and tried to tread the same spiritual path, as he had become my supreme mentor. As a priest I used to pray a holy liturgy on a daily basis, following in the same footsteps as my teacher.

One day I had a vitally important matter to take care of in a government office. So I decided not to pray the holy liturgy that day, and I left my house very eagerly to go to the government office, where i awaited the responsible person for a long time but to no avail. So I left and went to see His Holiness. When he saw me he immediately asked, “Father did you pray the liturgy?” In shame I answered “No”. The Pope in his fatherly love taught me saying, “My son, when we have something important to do, we pray the liturgy first. Tomorrow you will pray the liturgy and put all the documents on the altar”. 

The next day, I did exactly as His Holiness had told me. Immediately after the service I went to discuss the matter with the responsible person. As I begun to go up the stairs, I found one of my old friends who greeted me in the warmest way and asked me to go have a coffee with him in his office. So I went and discussed the matter with him. My friend happened to be the immediate superior to the person who was responsible for dealing with my matter. As I was drinking my coffee, my problem was simply solved. This was because of the blessing of the Holy liturgy and the prayers of my beloved Pope Kyrillos.

I returned with haste to the Pope, and as soon as he saw me he smiled with gladness as if he was with me, for he said, “Did you see father what prayer did? While you drank your coffee, they completed your papers”. He then continued with his gently fatherly love, “My son, when you have something important to do, you must first pray the liturgy”. This was a practical lesson for me that I learned from His Holiness. We see here how important the liturgy was to Pope Kyrillos. For in the liturgy you put your request in front of the Lord who decides upon it, as with everything else in your life. If you put your problems before the Lord Jesus Christ, His decision is always for your benefit and the actions are faster than you may have expected; especially if it is through the liturgy.

May the prayers and blessings of this great Saint continually be with us all. 

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