Why Saints anyway?

Follows from Why Angels are saints

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Why is it necessary to have saints.

By 100 AD there were those considered saintly by no other process than their manner of living or their martyrdom, and were beatified or canonized accordingly. These people became patrons of various towns and cities and were often  known only by those whom they lived among. Many of our Celtic and Old English Saints fall into this category and are referred to as ” Pre-congregation” because they were declared saints before the current process was established.

They became those from whom intercession was sought and special Prayers and  Novenas said so that healing might be granted.

It is very important to recall that St Paul referred to Jesus followers as Saints because they were called to be holy.

A Google search on ” what Paul said about the saints at” yielded pages of various kinds of information – a popular interest.

Take for example Romans. To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints (Romans 1:7).

Take 1Corinthians. To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints

Or take Ephesians. To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus… And the list goes on.

When Paul talks about the ‘disciples’, he has one favourite word, and it is the word ‘saints’. He calls the true disciples of Christ by the word ‘saints’, the holy ones, the holy people of God. The Lord Jesus is called the Holy One of God in Mark 1:24, and the followers of Jesus are called by Paul, the holy ones, the saints.

They are necessary  as  Deacon Frederick Bartels explains because

1 November 2016

The saints are models of human excellence, perfected by the life of Christ and the communication of his Spirit. They demonstrate by their lives how to really live and how to really die. They consistently point to the horizon of love which leads to the fulfillment of all human desire: eternal communion with the Holy Trinity. By our devotion to our heavenly brothers and sisters who have gone before us in Christ, and by their prayers of intercession, fraternal charity is exercised which contributes to the unity of the Church and aids us on our pilgrim journey. [Source: All Saints: Why are the saints important in our everyday lives?]

 


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