The Entrance of St. Iakovos of Evia humble lover of hesychia and ascese, into the kingdom of heaven, the Holy of Holies
Holy Elder Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia reposed in the Lord on November 21 on the Feast of Hesychasm in the Entrance of the Theotokos
Commemorated on November 22
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28, 29
St. Iakovos Tsalikis said: People are blind and don’t see what takes place in church during the Divine Liturgy.
“Today that you have communed,” he said to one of his spiritual children, “do you see how you feel? This is how I always feel. Christ is always in me.”
“When I commune people,” Elder Iakovos would say, “I never look at their face. Sometimes however my thoughts tell me to look at them. Then I see some faces having the form of a dog, a monkey or another animal. Their form is frightening. But I also see some who are glad and cheerful who after Divine Communion shine like the sun.“
On one occasion he and his brother were sent to take the family pig to the local butcher to provide for the family, but along the way, a jealous old man cast a demon into the pig which caused it to fall down immediately and foam at the mouth.
Little Iakovos acted quickly. He ran to fill a can with water from a nearby stream, grabbed fresh basil from a garden and stopped by an icon of St Demetrios to pray and take some of the oil, then returned to the animal. He knelt down, recited a prayer, crossed the animal with the oil, and sprinkled it with the basil. After a short while, the pig got up and continued the trip (pg 26).
Fr. Iakovos helped many people recover from illnesses. Through his prayers many patients suffering from cancer and other incurable diseases got well. Lost items of great value were recovered. Disturbed families regained their peace. Possessed people were freed. He ascribed all his miracles to St David, his collaborator and mediator to God.
St. Iakovos (Jacob) Tsalikis of Evia a sun of love, a living incarnation of the Gospel
The Entrance of St. Elder Iakovos of Evia lover of hesychia and ascese, into the Holy of Holies
Elder Iakovos Tsalikis, the Long-Range Star of Evia, By Dr. Haralambos M. Bousias
I see some who are glad and cheerful who after Divine Communion shine like the sun. Elder Iakovos Tsalikis
I remember Fr. Sophrony saying to us, ‘Make your spiritual father a prophet!’ Fr. Zacharias of Essex
Fasting is a commandment of God, and our Christ fasted. Saint Iakovos (Jacob, James) Tsalikis of Evia
Apolytikion St. Iakovos of Evia in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Father; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Iakovus, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.
Apolytikion to St. Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia
Plagal of the First Tone.
(written by Charalampos Bousias)
The prototype of discernment and modesty, the wonderworking leader of the Monastery of David the venerable, who plowed and sowed love in the hardened hearts of the God-bearing people, O Father Iakovos. Do not neglect to intercede with Christ on behalf of those who call upon you in faith.
Blessed St. Iakovos of Evia pray to God for us! Pray that we labor in the fast with joy, and let God’s light illumine our hearts. May each of us learn humility and charity, and live as beacons of Christ’s light to the world.Pray that our days are filled with humility, and that we learn to love others in charity, just as God loves us. Pray that we can learn to live out our Christian vocation in all times and places, and in all circumstances.
A Saint of our days-Elder Iakovos Tsalikis.(English subtitles)