“While I was serving with the military, I always kept with me the miraculous Icon of Saint Haralambos. I frequently implored the Saint to keep me from having to serve in the armed regiment, because I was not a man for blood. When the commander of the regiment was picking which soldiers would serve in the armed fighting unit, I held on tightly to the Icon of the Saint and begged him to not allow the commander to see me and choose me to be among the fighters. Naturally the Saint always “blinded” the commander and he never selected me for this.”
When Saint Iakovos was in the army he received leave to attend Church during Holy Week, however he remained and let his fellow soldier take his place, and he lived Christ’s Resurrection in the Uncreated Light.