Catholics bring various excuses to justify their cult of Mary worship. One of them is to say that prayer is not the same as worship. They say that they pray to her, but don’t worship her. Unfortunately, it does not work that way. Prayer is an act of worship.
No, you are wrong. Prayer is not always an act of worship. Prayer can be an act of communication. We can communicate our worship in prayer. We can also communicate our requests, our praises or any other message in prayer.
When we pray to someone or something, we acknowledge the existence of a supreme being whom we do not see, but whom we recognize as being omniscient and omnipotent, and who is therefore able to hear our prayers and answer them.
Correction. When YOU PRAY, the above applies.
However, we recognize the communion of Saints. That means that once a person is alive in Christ, he is always alive in Christ, even though his body be dead. Scripture teaches us that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, watching everything we do and encouraging us to do right:
And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us:
Mary (or the saints) are not omnipotent nor omniscient. They do not have divine powers; and cannot hear our prayers nor act upon them.
They do not have to have Divine powers to see or hear us. It is enough that Jesus does and that He permits them to hear us.
Prayer is always addressed to a deity. When we pray to Mary or the Saints, we elevate them to the position of the Deity; and that is sacrilege and wrong.
Not so. If that were true then we couldn’t “pray” to our friends to request that they pray for us. Thats right, the archaic meaning. As in, “I pray thee, would you pass the mustard.”
Jesus set the pattern of how we should pray:
Jesus set the pattern of how we should pray when we pray directly to the Father. But Jesus did not forbid our prayers for the intercession of the Saints.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions,
The key word here is “vain”. Our repetitious prayers to the Virgin Mary are in accordance with the Scriptures:
luke 11:5-13 5 And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and shall say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 Because a friend of mine is come off his journey to me, and I have not what to set before him. 7 And he from within should answer, and say: Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 Yet if he shall continue knocking, I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet, because of his importunity, he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
2 Saying: There was a judge in a certain city, who feared not God, nor regarded man. 3 And there was a certain widow in that city, and she came to him, saying: Avenge me of my adversary. 4 And he would not for a long time. But afterwards he said within himself: Although I fear not God, nor regard man, 5 Yet because this widow is troublesome to me, I will avenge her, lest continually coming she weary me.
as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
The heathen don’t think about what they are saying. We meditate on our prayers.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
This model of prayer, established by the Lord Himself, informs us exactly how we should pray.
Again, this informs us how we should pray to the Father.
It informs us, firstly, that God already knows what we have need of before we ask Him.
Secondly, we address our petitions directly to Him, not to some intermediate “Saint” or Mary.
This verse doesn’t address that issue.
But this verse illustrates it: Luke 16:24 And he cried, and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me,
Note how this soul prays directly to the Saint for mercy.