Praying to the Saints
Many within the Protestant movement have attacked the historic Christian practice of asking our departed brothers and sisters in Christ for intercession, which dates back to the earliest days of Christianity and is shared by Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, other Eastern Christians, and even some Anglicans.
Can Saints Hear Us?
There are some who argue that asking the saints for intercession is pointless because they cannot hear our prayers. However, Scripture indicates that those in heaven are aware of our prayers, as seen in Revelation 5:8 where John depicts the saints in heaven offering our prayers to God.
“No Contact with the dead”
God forbids contact with the dead in Deuteronomy 18:10u201311. What God forbids is the necromantic practice of conjuring up spirits, and God indicates that instead of holding a seance to gain information, one should look to God’s prophets.
Praying to Saints: Overlooking the Obvious
Some objections to praying to the saints reveal limited conceptions of heaven; if heaven were like being in the next room, these objections would be valid; the saints are not bound by the time/space constraints of this life, and thus do not need to be omniscient.
Praying “Directly to Jesus”
The saints’ faith and devotion can support our own weaknesses and supply what is lacking in our faith, according to James 5:16u201318.
Is it a sin to pray to saints?
It is good and useful suppliantly to invoke them, and to have recourse to their prayers, aid, and help for obtaining benefits from God, through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Who alone is our Redeemer and Saviour, according to Catholic Church doctrine.
Why do Protestants not pray to saints?
Other Protestantism Many Protestants consider intercessory prayers to the saints to be idolatry, because they are an application of divine worship that should only be given to God himself, and it is being given to other believers, dead or alive. Saint is also used to refer to any born-again Christian within some Protestant traditions.
Why do Catholic believe in saints?
Saints were thought to be men and women of “heroic virtue” who, after death, had a special place with God in heaven, and were thus spiritual guides and mentors who would add their prayers in heaven to those offered by Christians still living in the physical world.
Why should we follow the saints?
Saints have long been regarded as god’s intermediaries, with Christians praying to them for protection, comfort, inspiration, and miracles. Saints have been invoked to defend everyone from artists to alcoholics, and as patrons of everything from childbirth to whale conservation.
Does the Bible tell us to pray for others?
u201cConfess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed; the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.u201d James 5:16.
Do Catholics pray to Jesus?
There are a number of prayers to Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic tradition, but they are usually not associated with a specific Catholic devotion with a feast day, so they are separated from the prayers that accompany Roman Catholic devotions to Christ like Holy Face of Jesus or Divine Mercy.
Why do Protestants not pray to Mary?
The Roman Catholic Church honors Mary, Jesus’ mother, as “Queen of Heaven,” but Protestants reject Catholic Marian dogmas such as the Immaculate Conception, perpetual virginity, and ascension into heaven because there are few biblical references to support them.
Why do Protestants not pray for the dead?
Because they believed that praying for the dead had led to many abuses and even false doctrines, such as the doctrine of purgatory and the Mass as a propitiatory sacrifice for the departed, the Lutheran Reformers discouraged it.
Do Protestants believe in the communion of saints?
To reaffirm Jesus Christ’s unique mediatory role, major Protestant Reformers denied the saints’ intercessory role and viewed the communion of saints as all believers in Christ.
What’s the difference between Catholics and Christians?
Catholics also follow Jesus Christ’s teachings, but they do so through the church, which they regard as the path to Jesus, and they believe in the Pope’s special authority, which other Christians may or may not believe in, whereas Christians are free to accept or reject individual teachings and interpretations of the bible.
Why do Catholics pray to saints?
It arises because both groups conflate prayer with worship; when we pray to the saints, we’re simply asking them to assist us by praying to God on our behalfu2014just as we ask our friends and family to dou2014or thanking them for doing so already.
Why do Catholics pray to Mary?
Catholics do not pray to Mary as if she were God; rather, prayer to Mary is a remembrance of the great mysteries of our faith (in the rosary, the Incarnation and Redemption through Christ), praise to God for the wonderful things he has done in and through one of his creatures (Hail Mary), and intercession (second half of the Hail Mary).
Is it right to worship saints?
Finally, we Catholics do not worship Mary, the saints, or their images or statues; rather, we ask Mary and the saints to intercede for us on our behalf because they have a place in Heaven with God; and we do not worship images of Jesus, Mary, or the saints.
What can we learn from the life of saints?
The Importance of Researching Saints’ Lives
- Saints are our holy friends. They provide a glimpse into what faith can do. They also help us understand our Church history. Religion is the fourth R in basic Catholic education.
Why do Catholics worship Mary?
Prayers, artistic depictions, theology, popular and devotional writings, as well as the use of religious articles and images, express Roman Catholic views of the Virgin Mary as a refuge and advocate for sinners, a protector from dangers, and a powerful intercessor with her Son, Jesus.