Is it OK to pray to Old Testament heroes the same way we pray to Christian saints?




Full Question

Can Catholics pray to Old Testament heroes like Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah as one would pray to Christian saints like Peter or Francis?

Answer

Certainly. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “The patriarchs, prophets, and certain other Old Testament figures have been and always will be honored as saints in all the Church’s liturgical traditions” (CCC 61). Statues of such Old Testament figures as Moses, David, and Elijah can be found in some Catholic churches, a reminder to ask the intercessions of these saints.

Many Old Testament saints offer compelling examples of faith, perseverance, and heroic virtue and are as worthy of our devotion and prayers as the angels named in the Old Testament—Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

A prayer called the Litany to Old Testament Saints can be found online; it includes invocations of holy patriarchs, kings, women, prophets, and martyrs, both as individuals (e.g., Abraham, David, Sarah, Elijah, Abel) and as groups.

Of course, whether praying to Old Testament saints or Christian saints, we are always asking their intercession, not praying to them as we do to God.






2 comments

  1. Brian Blaney Reply

    Jesus Christ is Immanuel. Prayers are for the living, for today, tomorrow and to God Almighty. Not ladies or gentleman – Praying to your Heavenly Father is the only model The Christ ever displayed. Pray to the Holy Essential One God, the Trinity. One in Essence & three in person. Amen, Amen.

  2. Vonder Reply

    Disagree, Jesus is our mediator. Jesus sits on the right hand of the Father making intercession for the saints.

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