(edited by Stelios Koukos)
I’d also like to mention a miraculous appearance of the Elder, after his demise, during the divine liturgy.
We’d removed the roof of one wing of the monastery and I had the responsibility for the repair and placement of large iron structures for the new roof (because I’d worked in construction before I became a monk).
Since the job was so big and the technical equipment was so rudimentary here [at the Monastery of Saint David the Elder], and also because I didn’t have any trained assistants I was worried about how we were going to finish the job, especially since the rains had begun. So while I was in church and the divine liturgy was in progress, I couldn’t get my mind off this concern.
Suddenly, I saw the Elder [Saint Iakovos], wearing a cowl and bathed in bright light, coming out of the south door of the sanctuary.
His beard was like diamonds. The light surrounding the Elder was so bright that I couldn’t see anything else in the church,…