The Communion of Saints
I. The saints are our family; we share God as our Father
II. The saints are our encouragers (Heb 12:1)
III. The saints are our co-worshippers, co-partakers of the Eucharist (Heb 12:22). In short, they are our co-communers
IV. The saints deliver our prayers to God (Rev 5:8)
V. Because of all this, we can be sure that the saints are aware of us
1. We are to venerate them; God is glorified in his saints. Praising a work of art is a way to praise the artist
2. We must learn of the saints; if they are the work of God, the artist, then we must learn of them in order to venerate them
3. We are to love; if they are family, we must love them.
4. We can pray to them to ask for their prayers; if they love us (which, as saints, they must - they are with God, and God is love) and they are aware of us, then they would gladly pray for us.