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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XV

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who ask "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" (V)
Source - Malankara World

Having others praying for us thus is a good thing, not something to be despised or set aside. Of course, we should pray directly to Christ with every pressing need we have (cf. John 14:13–14).

That’s something the Syrian Orthodox Church strongly encourages.

In fact, the prayers of the Mass, the central act of  Syrian Orthodox worship, are directed to God and Jesus, not the saints.

But this does not mean that we should not also ask our fellow Christians, including those in heaven, to pray with us.

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