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As I understand it in The Roman Catholic Church, you pray to the saints. Since Christianity has it's roots in Judaism, are there any stories that tell us that Israel did the same, for example, praying to Jakov or any other great father of the faith? If not, why did the RCC start to do this?

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marked as duplicate by Geremia, user900, Dick Harfield, brasshat, curiousdannii Nov 12 '16 at 1:34

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  • To note, we ask saints to pray to God for us, whether they be alive in heaven or on earth. (We are not praying to the saints; we are asking them to pray for us.) – user900 Nov 12 '16 at 0:43
  • @Geremia Not the same,I almost wrote that in my question – Aigle Nov 12 '16 at 1:37
  • Did Moses ask Abraham to pray for him?Did anyone do that before Christ? – Aigle Nov 12 '16 at 1:41
  • You can see almost everything if not evreything in the new testament in the old,but where is praying to the saints?Talmud? Where? – Aigle Nov 12 '16 at 1:42
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    This question is not a duplicate... Aigle is asking for specific information about if there is any historical evidence of prayer to saints in ancient Judaism. He is not asking the more general question of why Catholics pray to Saints. I would vote to unlock this if I could – TheIronKnuckle Nov 23 '16 at 4:40
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One starting point would be 1 Thessalonians, 4:14

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. [RSV]

For a Catholic, a Saint is someone whose life bears witness that they have already risen again, and are declared to have been already judged, and found to be sufficiently holy that they are already in heaven with God, living eternal life in Heaven. The people who are in Heaven, are alive, just like you and I are, and not dead. Such individuals would not only include Jakov (Jacob) the patriarch, and the other Patriarchs of—Abraham, Israel, Isaac, and Moses (among others) but more recent individuals, including David the King, and much more recent individuals such as Theresa of Calcutta. Because these people are not dead, but alive eternally in God's presence, the Church calls them Saints. Because they are alive, asking for them for "favors" on our behalf, or on the behalf of others, is not considered to be praying to the dead, but rather the same as someone asking you to pray for them.

  • Please consider moving your answer to the canonical one which this is now a duplicate of. – curiousdannii Nov 12 '16 at 1:34
  • @curiousdannii There is no DUPE! The question is,why did they start to do this IF NOT A PART OF JEWISH HISTORY!?? – Aigle Nov 12 '16 at 1:39

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