Saint Iakovos (Jacob, James) Tsalikis of Evia
Commemorated on November 22
Saint Iakovos was very private and very humble.Around such personalities as these thousands of souls found peace, sweetness, joy and life. Everyone and everything felt the love and the grace of the Holy Spirit residing in them.
In 1987 Fr. Iakovos confessed a girl, but he forbade her to commune.
She then went to a certain Bishop, who allowed her Divine Communion.
But when she approached to commune, the holy spoon entered her mouth empty.
This strange wonder repeated another time, so the girl became terrified, and having repented she went to confess again to Fr. Iakovos.
Elder Iakovos Tsalikes (1991) once confessed an old woman and he put a canon on her to not commune for three years.
“Why don’t you commune?” asked the priest of her parish.
“Fr. Iakovos put a canon on me,” she responded. She also told him the reason.
He said: “No, grandmother, don’t worry. He’s an illiterate monk. I’m educated and I’ll undo the canon. Come Sunday so I can give you communion.”
But as the grandmother approached to receive, she felt the holy spoon to be empty and cold, and did not understand the taste of the Holy Communion.
This wondrous event repeated for two more Sundays, so the woman worried and went again to Elder Iakovos.
“My child,” he told her, “a canon cannot be undone. You must fulfill the canon I put on you.”
“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.“
Metropolite Neophytos of Morfou: “Elder Iacovos, as I experienced Him”
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.