What about Mary and the saints? And images? The Bible Answers (II)

What about Mary and the saints? And images? The Bible Answers (II)

DID THE APOSTLES PRAY TO MARY, THE SAINTS OR THE ANGELS?

The early Christians asked for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the saints and the angels. To intercede is to ask God for a grace in behalf of someone (cf. Gn 18:16-33) We can also ask another person to pray for us (cf. Hb 13:18-19; 1 Tess 5:25; Col 4:3).

Mary interceded for the young couple at the wedding at Cana (Jn 2:1-11), and she remained in prayer with the apostles and the first disciples (Acts 1:1-14). She continues to accompany Jesus’ disciples and to intercede for them because she is our Mother also (Rev 12:1-17).

As a matter of fact, our separated brethren also intercede for each other; although they don’t call it that, they do pray for each other.

DID THE APOSTLES VENERATE ANY SORT OF IMAGES?

The Apostles knew well the Scriptures, and knew how to differentiate between an image and an idol. They knew that God allows the use of images (Ex 25:18; Num 21:8; 1 Kings 6:23ff; 1 Kings 7:25ff) and forbids pagan idols (Ex 20:3-5; Ps 115; Ps 135).

Jorge Luis Zarazúa, Diez extendidas dudas (resueltas), Translated from the Spanish original, appearing in es.aleteia.org, January 9, 2019. With permission.

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