Daniel Fanous



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“According to his closest disciple who served him while patriarch, Fr Raphael Ava Mina, Kyrillos' diet was meager and austere. When he broke his fast around midday—having started the day with psalmody at three in the morning—it would inevitably be with a piece of bread (qorban) and dukkah. With much pleading, he could occasionally be convinced to add a few small spoons of beans. Often Kyrillos would be delayed by meetings and then he would have his breakfast only after three in the afternoon. For lunch, he would usually have some dried bread with a small number of cooked vegetables—but, Fr Raphael recalls, he would never actually eat the vegetables, but only dip his bread in their sauce. Before he slept, he would usually be satisfied with some fruit or bread at most. "I never saw him touch a piece of chicken or meat, or even have a sip of milk." That was during the non-fasting days. In fasting times, especially that of Lent and the Theotokos fast, even though he had been awake since the earliest hours of the morning, he would eat only once later in the evening.

At one point during the fifty days of Resurrection, Kyrillos gave his regular cook a few days of leave, upon which Fr Raphael, who in his own words "did not know how to cook," thought to take care of the kitchen. Each evening he would lay out roasted chicken, a few small pieces of meat, rice, bread and cheese; only to find the chicken and meat untouched, with the bread and cheese eaten. Given the poor refrigeration of the day, each evening would see a new meal largely wasted. "I need to tell you something...I don't think he likes chicken," the disciple recalls telling the cook when he returned. Confused, the cook rebuked Fr Raphael, saying, "He would never eat it like that....You need to cut chicken so fine and mix it with the rice so that he cannot see it!" A man of sixty, physically large and athletic, and yet they had to trick him, lest he eat only bread and cumin.”
Daniel Fanous, A Silent Patriarch

“Thanks, praise, glory, honor, worship, and reverence to our great Redeemer. He is faithful and true to his promises, and always takes care of us. He is the greatest leader; he provides us with full armor, to enable us to stand before the enemies. Without him we can do nothing. We ask for his goodness to crown our struggles with success, and give us strength to complete the course, and at the end receive what he prepared for us, not that we are worthy of it, but only through his grace. Glory be to God forever and ever. Amen.”
Daniel Fanous, A Silent Patriarch: Life and Legacy

“Whenever a president visits, my father [Nasser] farewells them at the guests' rooms door; but with Kyrillos, he farewells him at the car door and remains there standing until the car leaves.”
Daniel Fanous, A Silent Patriarch



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