Questions tagged [intercession-of-saints]

Doctrine that saints may be asked to intercede (or pray) for others.

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Does Protestant and Christian denominations seeks the prayer of their deceased founder?

Protestant and Christian denominations have their own founders and many of them have already died. Pope Francis once gave a remark on Marthin Luther that he was a good man., most probably are blessed ...
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What are liturgical honours and privileges for the Patrons of categories of people?

In the Motu Proprio E sancti Thomae Mori proclaiming Saint Thomas More Patron of statesmen and politicans Pope John Paul II. declares: Therefore, after due consideration and willingly acceding to ...
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Does intercession of the saints presuppose that saints are omniscient? [duplicate]

If we ask a saint to intercede for us, are we not presupposing that the saint is omniscient enough to read our thoughts and to hear our prayers? Doesn't the act of prayer to a saint then contain an ...
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As a Catholic, am I obliged to believe in visions and saints?

I am a Catholic. There are many visions and ecstasy and saints. As a Catholic, am I obliged to believe in visions and saints?
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Do Mary and the other saints know what we are praying for before we ask them?

Jesus explains that God knows what we need before we pray: Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. —Matthew 6:8 (NIV) According to Catholicism, does the ...
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From an Orthodox perspective…how do we know the saints specifically hear an individuals prayers?

I know the saints see our prayers ascending as incense (Rev 8:4), that they observe the glory of God and are close to his holy presence. Where does the belief come from that they hear us? Or that ...
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How do the merits of the Saints in Heaven operate?

The Catholic Church teaches that saints in Heaven can no longer merit. So I was wondering if their merits run out at some point and how that works out for them. Related to this question, I want to ...
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Is there a rule, on how many Patron Saints a Catholic can have?

I think I heard on some Catholic forum that we are attributed a patron saint at the moment of our baptism (and/or our Confirmation), and that we are obligated to keep a special devotion to that saint. ...
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According to Lutherans, do angels pray for us?

I was looking at this question, and the answers don't really cover any viewpoints aside from that of the Roman Catholic Church. The second answer quotes Grudem, but the answerer's claim that he speaks ...
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What is the earliest known instance of a petition directed to Mary?

A recent answer on this site says that "People have always prayed to Mary as a chief intercessor on their behalf." Such a statement will surely seem excessive to Protestants, who would normally ...
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According to Catholicism, can the saints be given the title “co-mediator of Grace”?

If Mary is "Mediatrix of all Graces" is it possible to say the saints are "Mediators of certain graces", according to Catholicism? E.g., the patron saint of finding lost things is a co-mediator who ...
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Praying to saints [duplicate]

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 ...
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Does canonisation make one more meritorious before God?

To my understanding, Catholics pray to quite a few saints, and not just to any deceased laity, and all of which special saints doubtlessly are canonised. Does canonisation make a saint meritorious ...
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Can non-Catholic Christian souls participate in Intercession?

Let us say a Catholic person has a good Protestant Christian friend who has died a year ago. The Catholic person believes in the intercession of saints and prays to them to intercede for him on many ...
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Why do Catholics consider praying to Buddha to be idolatry and praying to Mary is not? [duplicate]

Mary and Buddha are both human and lived on earth (Mary 20BC and (Buddha 563 BCE). But why is it praying to Mary's statue called veneration and praying to Buddha an idolatry? Why Shadrach, Meshach ...
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What is the Biblical argument used by Evangelical Christians against the Catholic doctrine of the invocation of the saints?

The Catholic Church holds to the doctrine of Intercession of the Saints. As I understand it, this refers to the saints in heaven praying for us saints on earth.However, Catholicism teaches that we ...
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Do prayers offered to anyone but God the Father go unheard?

What is the opinion of the LDS Church concerning prayers offered to Saints, Mary, and Jesus Christ? Are they simply vain words? Are they in anyway acknowledged? Is it considered unrighteous to pray to ...
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When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?

When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints? (A point in comments was brought up that "asking the dead saints" does not mean "praying to the dead saints" as "prayer is ...
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How do we know the Saints, the Righteous and the Holy Ones are alive and in heaven? [duplicate]

Why should Catholics ask the Saints and Mother Mary to take our prayers to God for us? How does the Catholic church know they can canonize "Saints"? How do we know the angels and saints will intercede ...
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What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?

While researching for this answer, I came across this quesion. In its answer it stated: Roman Catholics are taught to pray to Mary and various saints. Such prayers are not scriptural and are, in ...
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Is the Hail Mary a prayer?

The Hail Mary is very often called a 'prayer'. Some Catholics like to distinguish between 'praying', which is only said to God, and 'asking' which is acceptable for the deceased saints. So is the ...
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What biblical/traditional elements lead Catholics to believe that saints can hear our prayers?

There have been quite a few questions on the 'orthodoxy' of praying to saints, or rather asking them to pray for us1. Also questions on why Protestants don't/should do the same. My question is ...
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If Protestants won't ask dead saints to intercede because there is no mediator but Jesus then why do they ask living Christians to pray for them?

Protestants reject the Catholic and Orthodox practice of asking deceased saints to pray for them, and I think there are two main reasons why they reject it: it is communicating with the dead, and it ...
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How are prayer and asking the saints to intercede distinguished?

The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches encourage us to ask the dead saints to intercede for us. To quote from Software Monkey's answer to another question: First off, it's useful to understand ...
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Why do Catholics put so much faith in the Virgin Mary?

I'm not sure how to express the relationship that Catholics have with the Virgin Mary, so please excuse the word "faith" in the question title. Giving Mary praise I understand that Mary gave birth ...
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How did the practice of soliciting the prayers of dead saints originate?

How did the practice of soliciting the prayers of dead saints originate? Did it start based on something in the bible? The apocrypha? A papal decree? On a side note, which groups practice this type ...
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Praying to people outside the Trinity

I understand that the Roman Catholic church direct some prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. For me it would be strange to address my prayers to anyone outside the Holy Trinity. Do Catholics pray to ...