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Saint Iakovos (Tsalikis)

“Saint Iakovos Tsalikis of Euboea (+1992) was born in 1920 in Livisi, Asia Minor into a pious and poor family. When he was eight years old St. Parasceva appeared to him and continued to appear and converse with him frequently. While still in the world he fasted strictly and nurtured the thought of becoming a monastic. He wanted to go to a monastery in the Holy Land, but first went to a local monastery dedicated to St. David to pray about it. On the way St. David himself appeared to him and invited him to stay in his monastery. Iakovos was tonsured and then ordained a priest in 1952. St. David’s relics began to pour forth miracles and Fr. Iakovos’ great love and zeal for God brought about a spiritual revival in the St. David Monastery and the surrounding countryside. Fr. Iakovos’ life bore an ascetic character almost unheard of in these times. The other world was as real to him as this one demons attacked him physically, and angels and saints appeared to him and strengthened him in his self-sacrificing labors for God and neighbor.” [Source: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood 2004 Calendar, slightly edited]

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