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The Intercession Of The Saints. What's It All About?

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Did you ever wonder why the Church teaches that we should pray to the Saints?  Why not just pray to God Himself directly?  Well of course we should pray to the three Persons of God, but why do we need the Saints?  Well, good question.

Here on Earth, we commonly pray for others during trials and tribulations.  Or for help of some kind for the people we know, love and who are in danger.  Why wouldn't the Saints do the same thing?  We have no problem asking our fellow man to pray for us or someone else when necessary, why not ask the Saints who are closer to God?  Will their prayers not be more likely to be answered pr stronger than ours who are not masked by sin?  It is truly one of the great mysteries so we can look to the Word of God:

Job 5:1 - 'Call now!  Will anyone respond to you?  To which of the holy ones will you appeal?"

Revelation 8:4 - 'The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel.'

1 Timothy 1-4: - 'First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone...This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who will everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.'

The Council in Trent also concluded:  "...the saints who reign together with Christ offer up their own prayers to God for men. 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."

Since we are all made members of Christ’s mystical body, we are all connected to one another and even death cannot separate us from Christ. Christ could have told us that praying for one another didn’t matter, but he did the opposite. He told us to pray for one another, because God acts through his Church on earth, and in heaven, to give us grace through the prayers of others.



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