The Victory of the Saints

Lately I have spent a great amount of time researching answers to questions from my protestant brothers in Christ regarding my Roman Catholic faith.

Among the questions is why Roman Catholics pray to the Saints. I found many great answers both on Catholic Answers and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I particularly enjoyed the article “Praying to the Saints” at catholic.com/tracts/praying-to-the-saints

What I did not find is any reference to the power and authority Jesus Christ granted to the saints (aka the victors) which are listed Revelations Chapters 2 and 3 which I have copied and pasted below.

How could anyone doubt the power of the Saints or question praying to them after reading these words from the Apostle John?

Chapter 2

2:7
“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God.”’

2:11
“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor shall not be harmed by the second death.”’

2:17
“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna; I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.”’

2:26-29
26 “‘“To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end,
I will give authority over the nations.
27 He will rule them with an iron rod.
Like clay vessels will they be smashed,
28 just as I received authority from my Father. And to him I will give the morning star.
29 “‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Chapter 3

3:5-6
5 “‘“The victor will thus be dressed in white, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father and of his angels.
6 “‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

3:12-13
12 “‘“The victor I will make into a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never leave it again. On him I will inscribe the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, as well as my new name.
13 “‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

3:21-22
21 I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne.
22 “‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

All scripture references above are from the New American Bible Revised Edition.

How could anyone doubt the power of the Saints or question praying to them after reading these words from the Apostle John?

Good to hear! :slight_smile:

I am adding this post to my browser bookmarks. it is only the eighth such bookmark, although I have been around here for many years.

I am also adding these verses to my records under the heading of prayer to the saints. (Though these aren’t prayers to the saints, they show that the saints have authority and are patrons of various nations.) Yours is a very insightful post; thank you! The fourth one, from Rev. 2:26-29, because it’s about authority, reminds me of Matthew 25:23 – “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”

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