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

 

Therefore

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.