What Do You Mean, ‘Pray to the Saints?’

What Do You Mean, ‘Pray to the Saints?’


Hymn: “O Taste and see that the Lord is
good, that the Lord is good.” A lot of people, when they come into a space
like this, and we see so many saints pictured on the walls, it kind of is troubling to them.
And they wonder, Why can’t we just go directly to Jesus? Why do we have to ask the saints
to be praying for us? It’s not so much that we have to; of course
we don’t have to, of course we still go directly to the Lord with all of our prayer concerns.
It’s kind of like we get to, like we have a whole community. As it says in Hebrews 12
one, we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses. Everyone who has lived and died
in Christ, throughout all of history, is present with him in the royal chamber in the city
of the King right now, standing in worship around the throne, just like it says in the
book of Revelation. What are they doing all day? They’re praying. So we can ask them to
pray for us. I think a lot of times the problem is with that little word pray. We think, well,
we pray to God, we should pray to anybody else. But in English the word used to just
mean to make a request of someone. You might say at the dinner table, “I pray thee, pass
me the broccoli.” So it just needs to ask for something. If I was to ask St. Thekla
to pray for me, it would be making a request of her—asking in fact for her prayers. We
do this all the time. If you have a big prayer needs coming up, like maybe you’re going for
a job interview, you would ask all your friends, all your family, “Pray for me, please say
a prayer for me, I really want to get this job.” You might send the request in the
form of sending an e-mail, or making a phone call, or asking someone in person. When we’re
making a request of someone who has already gone to stand in the presence of Christ, we
send that request by means of prayer. It’s just a medium of communication. It doesn’t
mean that you’re worshiping the person. I have a friend of mine, a neighbor once,
read something I wrote about prayer to the saints, and she said “I’m not convinced.
I’m going to go on going directly to the Lord with all my prayer requests.” And I
said, “Well okay, if that’s what you want, I won’t pray for you anymore.”
Because, after all, if we’re not going to ask the saints, the ones who are in glory,
to pray for us, why would we ask each other to pray for us? Why would you ask anybody
to pray for us? I’m just saying, expand that one more circle. That this great cloud of
witnesses actually does surround us invisibly. Whenever we’re at worship, they are worshipping
beside us. We just can’t see them. One reason we cover the walls of our church with icons
is to make them visible, so that we can see the images and realize that they really are
there. Hymn: “O Taste and see that the Lord is
good, that the Lord is good.”

39 Replies to “What Do You Mean, ‘Pray to the Saints?’”

  1. That's a decent explanation of why Orthodox (and Catholic) Christians pray to the saints. Your analogy was beautiful, good job!

  2. PRAY TO JESUS CHRIST, He is the only mediator. Not Mary, not John not Peter, etc.

    The orthodox tradtitions are nice, but be careful christians, especially new christians and born again christians (like myself) that we are going directly to JESUS CHRIST Himself with all our prayers and concerns, & especially when we repent. when we repent, who do we repent to? Jesus Christ. That's who. So we should be praying to Him as well. Do not be distracted by the relics or icons, they are nice to look at and should be greatly appreciated. But make no mistake. The purpose of going to church is glorifying God and if you have accepted Christ into your heart, in turn the spirit of truth will reside in you. Donnot be distracted. 🙂

    God bless us all.

  3. Catholic and Orthodox people ask the saints to pray for us. The saints are our models and idols of a christian life.

  4. Why are here so many heretics from all possible sects giving advice to the Orthodox on how we should pray ? Just mind your heretic business and go on your way. When we'll come to you and ask for your advice then you should give it, not before. Orthodox people don't come to you and tell you how to pray without you asking them​. So why do you feel the need to give advice to someone who is asking​ for it. Even God respects the free will and He doesn't interfere if He's not wanted. Are you better than God ?

  5. in the bible, pray has always addressed to God, pray is a communication to God, not to human. but still, believe in Jesus is a way of salvation. God bless us all.. 🙂

  6. Great explanation. I learned to ignore those who leave negative remarks on such a Godly site. We/ I pray to the saints for intercession. We cannot forget who went before us so very long ago. They are here with us and are willing to interceed.

  7. What a beautiful explanation. If only my local priest when I was growing up could have answered my questions in such a manner as this site has through it's videos, I'd most likely consider myself still a Christian.

  8. If you ask your grandfather to pray for you, are you "worshipping" him? …certainly not you're asking him to pray For you To God

  9. This video is intended for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers to the faith

    I don't understand why Protestants or Evangelicals would view this …to begin with? that's great that you're proud of your faith…Why do you need to troll. ..on other clips?
    No 1 goes to troll on Evangelical Christian sites ( except maybe Atheists –they won't win Them over)

    Why don't the Evangelicals try and convert the non-christians of the world and Stop harassing Other Christian peoples!
    "It's not biblical or God like!"
    neither is blind hatred and prejudice!!
    Heaven Forbid it should be said of Evangelicals that they Hated Catholics More than they Loved Jesus!!

  10. WOW WOW WOW Who is this woman. The first statement she says Why can't we go directly to Jesus. Is this woman dumb or what? Why would we want to go directly to Jesus when Jesus himself tells us exactly the way to worship GOD directly. Now I know without any doubt that this religion is false. Thank you. I will continue to worship and Pray directly to GOD something that the church does not want us to do as it is the only way.

  11. This woman is absolutely crazy. She will meet her maker like everybody else. Shame on her and others for deceiving the people. There is no room for women to open their mouths in the church or are we to chose which scripture to accept????

  12. frederica is a saintly woman who loves her faith the ancient faith which has taken terrible sufferings from persecutions bless our orthodox brothers and sisters for ever amen

  13. Beautiful explanation and I love the encouragement to expand our Christian community to include those who are in the presence and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. I've never heard the phrase "pray to the saints" explained in this way. However, I do believe that church triumphant is standing in the presence of Christ and are also praying for us to Christ thus I know that the "great cloud of witnesses" is loving me and praying for me to Christ hence why I see no need to pray that they intercede on my behalf because they are already interceding on my behalf to Christ our Lord. Regardless, thank you for the beautiful explanation I really enjoyed it.

  14. I think this something that Protestant Christians have a problem with praying to Saints. They believe that praying to Saint is idolatrous and a abomination towards God. But as a Catholic Christian,I don’t have a problem with praying to Saints.

  15. it’s not an issue of who you pray for, or who you ask to pray, it’s who you pray to! you twist the truth.

  16. 1:57 That makes PERFECT sense! This lady really does a great job explaining "deep" concepts in a way that I can get my pea little brain around them!

  17. Been doing a lot of research into orthodox Christianity and I have a big problem with this. Communicating with the dead is forbidden, flat out.

  18. Orthodoxy should defend their catholic brothers all these protestants are attacking catholics about saints and kissing icons hopefully we reunite one day

  19. I'm assuming that this video was put up for the benefit of Christians who aren't part of the Orthodox faith. Why do I assume this? Because throughout the video the speaker appears to be addressing objections and questions that Protestant Christians would pose.

    I agree that prayer is equivalent to "making a request (pray pass me the broccoli)".
    I agree that we are "surrounded by a cloud of witnesses" that "they are before God praising and glorifying him".
    I agree that when we face issues we ask friends to remember us in prayer.
    I agree that adoration and veneration are different.

    But where is the Scriptural evidence that those Saints who've gone to glory can hear our requests for them to request on our behalf? Did Jesus when he taught the disciples to pray recommend that they should make requests to the departed such as Moses, Eljah, or Elisha to likewise pray on our behalf?

  20. Yes, praying to is not the same as worshipping..We are planning to convert from Roman Catholicism..same saints intercession tradition

  21. I've been learning about Orthodoxy and I will honestly say that many things about it is beautiful, no doubt, but this is unfortunately one thing I really have a problem with.
    "But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep."

    1 Thessalonians 4:13‭-‬15 ESV

    The Scriptures say that those who have died don't precede us because they're sleeping until the Resurrection and neither do we precede them. Acts 2:34, "For David did not ascend into the heavens," If they did precede us, and skipped over the Resurrection and Final Judgement, then I will Gladly accept this teaching of praying to the saints that have died. But that's not the case. And of course we ask others to pray for us, the saints that are alive here on earth that worship and serve Yah, but praying to the brothers and sisters that have died is praying to thin air. Don't mean any disrespect, but I'll trust the Lord before anything or anyone else. I just encourage you all to pray and read for yourselves and above all, ask the Father for His Holy Spirit for understanding in Jesus' name.

  22. Serious question from someone investigating orthodoxy: aren't we assigning attributes (or at least one) of deity to departed saints if we all pray to them and expect them to hear those prayers? Hope that makes sense…

  23. For those who don't understand, listen to every word she speaks, pay close attention to everything, in other words actually watch the video, more than once if you have to. A lot of comments I see here demonstrates a lack of attention to detail. Don't take only her word for it, listen to multiple sources, which include other Orthodox videos (beware of Coptic Orthodox), writings/teachings of the Church Fathers, etc., visit Divine Liturgies whenever possible.

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