I may already have this down, but I was wondering if someone could tell me if it's right or not.
I was reading about Orthodox Christianity today and found that it holds a surprisingly distinct teaching about the afterlife. The teaching is that when we die, while we are judged at that moment, we do not go to Heaven until the Second Coming. The exception to this rule is the Theotokos and others who were taken up into Heaven by God in the Bible.
I was wondering if this exception is also extended to saints? What then is the definition of a saint in Orthodox theology? Is it someone who is known to have been judged to go to Heaven, although they won't get there until the Second Coming?
The Orthodox Church uses the terms, "the Church Militant" and "the Church Victorious," designating who is on Earth and who isn't, but what I mentioned above means that its Church Victorious is not similar to the Catholic Church's Church Triumphant, because the Church Triumphant is already in Heaven.. Instead the Church Victorious is similar to the Catholic Church's Church Suffering. The difference would be that the Church Victorious can be petitioned for help and pray for the living, while the Church Suffering (in Purgatory, which doesn't exist for the Orthodox) can't.