May 24, 2021

Saint Iakovos Tsalikes and the Catholic Pharmacist

In 1990 or 1991 there was a Catholic Pharmacist from Volos, who was catechized and wanted to be baptized Orthodox, at the Monastery of the Venerable David, by Elder Iakovos Tsalikes, on Pentecost.

Everything was ready and from Saturday the sponsor and the candidate arrived for the baptism. On Sunday during the Divine Liturgy, the sponsor entered the sanctuary while Elder Iakovos was liturgizing and told him that the candidate for baptism, who for a long time was begging to be baptized, decided to not be baptized and left, on his way back to Volos.

"Don't worry, my child," said the Elder, "he will be here within twenty minutes."

The gentleman had arrived in Agiokampos and taken out a ticket for a boat to cross him over, but as he was getting ready to board he was suddenly covered by the prayers of the Elder and the grace of God, so that he indeed returned within 20 minutes with a strong desire to be baptized.

The distance from Agiokampos to the Monastery is at least 50 minutes and he without speeding (even if he went 200 miles per hour he still would not have arrived in the 20 minutes [for approximate time see here]) arrived at the Monastery in 20 minutes.

The baptism took place and the whole Chapel of Saint Haralambos - which is where the baptism took place - was fragrant for an entire week.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.