Originally posted by buckky
It always seemed odd that the Catholics pray to certain Saints. In no other form of Christianity would that be allowed. What can a Saint do for you that God or Jesus cannot do ? I know Jesus, and God are the same person but you know what I mean.
We have had this discussion before. The veneration of saints, pilgrimages to their tombs and intercessory prayers to saints are extremely
common in the Orthodox churches. It is not just a Catholic thing. Many Anglicans also pray the Hail Mary and some even pray the Salve Regina. Prayer to the saints have a long tradition in Christian churches.
And, as I explained last time, a Christian does not pray to the saints because the saint can do something which Jesus cannot. The idea, especially in Orthodox churches, is that heaven is like an Emperor's court where many people come to petition the Emperor. It often helps to plead to one in the Emperor's inner circle. The prayer is indirectly intended for God.
EDIT: I see I have already responded to this thread. Why was it brought up again?