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What is the earliest known instance of a petition directed to Mary?

Sub Tuum Praesidium The earliest known, extant petition prayer to Mary the Θεοτόκος (Theotokos), or Dei Genetrix (the Greek and Latin, respectively, for 'God-bearer' or 'Birthgiver-of-God') is found ...
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Are there any biblical examples of Early Church disciples praying to deceased saints in order to request their intercessory prayer?

Is there any biblical evidence that [asking dead saints for intercession] was a common practice in the early church? The New Testament contains neither any example of nor any reference to this ...
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According to Protestantism, what are the strongest apologetic arguments against the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

For those denominations that take the Bible fairly literally, everyone that has ever died (with one notable exception) is still dead and buried and awaiting resurrection. For the living know that ...
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Are there any biblical examples of Early Church disciples praying to deceased saints in order to request their intercessory prayer?

Are there any biblical examples of Christians in the Early Church communicating with dead saints in order to request their intercessory prayer? The short answer seems to be no. There are no clear ...
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According to Protestantism, what are the strongest apologetic arguments against the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

On an official German protestant website exactly this question was answered with the following arguments (loosely summarized in English by me): Protestants do not have a hierarchy of the deceased. ...
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According to Catholicism, to what extent is the spiritual growth of a Christian impaired by his/her lack of devotion to Mary and the Saints?

Whether Mary is necessary to the spiritual growth of a Christian Objection 1. It would seem that the spiritual life of a Christian could be equally as rich without the admixture of devotions to the ...
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How many prayers (to Heaven) by believers are in the 66 books of the (Protestant) Bible? Are any literally addressed to anyone except God?

I can think of no biblical example where a believer prayed to any created being, which would include angels because angels are created beings. Jesus only instructed his followers to pray to God in ...
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As a Catholic, am I obliged to believe in visions and saints?

The Church distinguishes between two ways God has spoken to the world: the "public revelation" beginning with the Old Testament prophets and culminating in the life of Jesus, and the "private ...
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Does canonisation make one more meritorious before God?

Canonization does not change an individual's status in the eyes of God—nothing can change that. What it does is make a declaration about what the Church thinks of them: By canonizing some of the ...
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What do Protestants make of the earliest Marian prayer?

It’s interesting that the prayer is not just asking for Mary’s intercession, but asking her to intervene in an angelic manner. It’s a request for her to “Save us from every danger.” This prayer ...
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According to Lutherans, do angels pray for us?

Most assuredly they do. The traditional doctrinal standard for the Lutheran Churches is the Book of Concord. One of documents in the BoC is the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, also called the ...
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Can non-Catholic Christian souls participate in Intercession?

The ability to intercede on behalf of others is a gift given by God, and so He can give it to anyone He pleases. Here is how the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes prayer of intercession: ...
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According to Catholicism, can the saints be given the title "co-mediator of Grace"?

Mediation is a relative term. That is you can't mediate something from yourself to someone else per se. For example, Christ mediates between God and man (being Himself both). Thus, any of us can ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach a specific way to pray to the saints?

Short answer, and possibly the only "approved" answer, is to check out the Proper of Saints in the Liturgy of the Hours (see universalis app). The prayers are usually short and may only ...
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According to Catholic scholars, is Satan privy to our prayers, and can he act on them?

According to Catholic scholars, is Satan privy to our prayers, and can he act on them? The short answer is no. But he can guess what we are sometimes praying for. In any case Satan can not know what ...
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From the perspective of Catholicism, are there or have there been any Protestant saints?

From the perspective of Catholicism, are there or have there been any Protestant saints? To my knowledge, no Protestant believer has been raised to to honour of beatification or canonization by the ...
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The Catholic Church seems to teach that we cannot ask the saints/angels for anything else other than to pray for us, but I don't understand why?

Angels are, quite literally, messengers of God. All their power is through Him. Venerating them is in order; adoring them, worshiping them is not: That would be idolatry. Praying to a saint or an ...
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What happens to the fruits of the Mass applied to a particular soul who is no longer in purgatory?

The general belief is that the duration of a soul's stay in purgatory is determined by how fast the process of purification gets accomplished. Prayers of the people on earth, including Mass ...
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What are the early Church Fathers' views on the veneration/honoring of Saints

The Catholic concept we're talking about is dulia: a theological term signifying the honour paid to the saints, while latria means worship given to God alone, and hyperdulia the veneration offered to ...
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Do Protestants think of Mary as the "Mother of All Peoples"?

I am quoting, below, from the Second Helvetic Confession which is a generally accepted statement of the Reformation : It was adopted by the Reformed Church not only throughout Switzerland but in ...
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Does Protestant and Christian denominations seeks the prayer of their deceased founder?

I'd like to start by pointing out a small error. 'Protestant' is a branch of Christianity, so it's not grammatically correct to talk about 'Protestant and Christian' as two different things. You might ...
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What are liturgical honours and privileges for the Patrons of categories of people?

What are liturgical honours and privileges for patron saints? The liturgical honours of each particular saint is that they each have a fixed day in which they may be particularly honoured at Mass or ...
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Does canonisation make one more meritorious before God?

Canonization, beatification, etc., do not change one's merit. Fr. John Hardon, S.J., defines "merit" in his Catholic Dictionary: Divine reward for the practice of virtue. It is a Catholic doctrine ...
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Is there a rule, on how many Patron Saints a Catholic can have?

I believe you're referring to the fact that a person baptized needs a "Christian Name" and that name would be their protection throughout their life. The sacrament of Baptism is conferred &...
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What are the strongest apologetic arguments in defense of the veracity of the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

The Catholic Answers website has some good material on this. The main entry defending the doctrine is How to Defend the Intercession of the Saints. It addresses the "common" objections from ...
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Is the practice of seeking the intercession of Rachel admonished in the New Testament?

The practice is not admonished. In fact, in a 2018 book by Dr. Brant Pitre, who specialized in NT and ancient Judaism and who wrote a few books on the Jewish background of Jesus, Jesus and the Jewish ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach a specific way to pray to the saints?

As a Catholic I can say No. While there are different prayers and novenas to petition various saints we can pray/ask them to help us any way we want. They are ordinary people who through faith and the ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach a specific way to pray to the saints?

Does the Catholic Church teach a specific way to pray to the saints? Catholic piety and Church teaching go hand in hand here. There is no particular manner or special way to talk with our friends in ...
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How did Saint Anthony come to be the patron Saint of finding lost objects?

How did Saint Anthony come to be the patron Saint of finding lost objects? St. Anthony of Padua one day found the Psalter of someone. This lead others to invoke him as the Patron Saint of finding Lost ...
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