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Why isn't Noah a saint?

By November 13, 2014 5 Comments

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Why isn’t Noah a saint?

Answer

Formal canonization is a process that developed hundreds of years after the founding of the Church. Before that, righteous people were “recognized” or “acclaimed” by the Christian communities to be saints. That is why Old and New Testament saints (including the Blessed Virgin Mary) were never formally canonized. Noah is one of the righteous people of the Old Testament who are generally considered to be in heaven. Indeed, in the “hall of fame” chapter of Hebrews, which records the righteous deeds of Old Testament saints, Noah is included in the roster:

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith (Heb. 11:7).

5 Comments

  • Diffal says:

    Thats not really a complete answer. Even without formal canonisations we do recognise Our Lady, The Apostles and several Old Testament individuals as saints(Check the Roman Martyrology for the feast day of, among others, King David(29 Dec), Moses(4 Sept-there is a fine Church dedicated to St. Moses in Venice), Elijah(2 July), and Isaiah(6 July). Noah is not, for whatever reason, listed anywhere in the Latin Church or as far as I can find, in the eastern Churches as a saint.

  • procesa s baloran says:

    I myself believe Noah and all the prophets were saint because they obeyed God, though their lives are in danger. They trust God, and remain faithful to the end of their lives.

  • Mariadas Pudhota says:

    Obviously Happy to Have few Unanswered Doubts or Questions.

  • Tonytoks says:

    What’s the relationship between Yahweh and Allah?and what race(colour)was the first set of humans on earth?thanks.

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