Christ is always in me… St. elder Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia
Elder Iakovos Tsalikis
Died on 21 November 1991
Elder 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.
O Holy Elder Iakovos, pray for us sinners