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What Do You Mean ‘Pray to the Saints’?

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Most Protestants are uncomfortable with the idea that Orthodox (and Roman Catholic) Christians “pray to the saints.” Most of the discomfort centers around the word “pray.” What does it mean to “pray to the saints?” Frederica Mathewes-Green explains, in this video, that the word “pray,” in English, used to just mean “to make a request.” So, when we pray to the saints, we are, in fact, asking for them to pray for us. We are not praying to them like they are Jesus Christ.

The Saints who have fallen asleep in the Lord are not dead, they are alive! For our God is the God of the living, not the dead! And they are with Christ, now, worshipping him and praying for us.

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