Feast Day: November 1st
The Life of Saint David: The Holiness of Saint David was a powerful magnet attracting people who wanted to dedicate themselves to Jesus Christ…
Apolytikion: A great boast of Euboea were you proved to be, the all-glorious, David the Divine, as a Holy descendent of virtue, and a most-true defender of Christ, and Equal to all the Righteous. Therefore Righteous Father, entreat Christ God, to grant us great Mercy.
Kontakion: Come, those who are the servants of Christ, come, those who Honour the Most Holy Theotokos, come, those who Honour John the Baptist, the Forerunner, come to Pray together with the Venerable Saint David, the God-bearing Wonderworker, and sing to him: Rejoice, Venerable David, worthy follower of the Forerunner!
One evening, when Saint David was three years old, Saint John the Forerunner appeared to him and led him by the hand to his Church which was nearby. Saint John then went into his Icon and Saint David spent six days and nights in Prayer kneeling in front of the Holy Icon of Saint John. When his father finally found him, he could see the face of his son Saint David was shining with a Heavenly Light. Saint David’s childhood was spent in much love, asceticism, obedience to his parents and ceaseless Prayer.
At the age of 15 Saint David received the blessing of his parents and left in search of a Spiritual Father so he could establish his life as a Monastic.
Saint David built a Monastery where, many centuries later, Saint Iakovos Tsalikis came to live. Although separated by a few hundred years, the two developed a close Spiritual relationship as Elder and Spiritual child and Saint Iakovos Prayed and spoke to Saint David constantly, because he was right there with him as his beloved Elder.
Below is a photo of Saint Iakovos wearing the Epitrachelion of Saint David, and holding his censer and the stick Saint David would lean on to help him stand during all-night Vigils.
We are Blessed to have a portion of the Holy Relics of Saint David at our Chapel of Saint David in the Church of Panagia Soumela in Keilor, Melbourne, Australia.