Should We Ask Saints to Pray For Us?

Q. Where is it in the Bible that we should ask the angels or Mary and the other saints who have passed on to pray for us?

A. When the Jewish general Judas Maccabeus was leading the resistance to the Greek occupation of their country, he told his soldiers about “a dream, a kind of vision, worthy of belief” (2 Maccabees 15:11). In this vision, the general saw Onias, a former high priest who had died, “praying with outstretched arms for the whole Jewish community” (verse 12).

Then he saw “God’s prophet Jeremiah, who loves his brethren and fervently prays for his people and their holy city” (verse 14). Jeremiah had also died, many years before. In part, through the assistance of the intercession of these two Old Testament saints, the Jewish fighters won their battle.

The angel Raphael told the couple Tobit and Sarah, “When you … prayed, it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer before the Glory of the Lord” (Tobit 12:12). Then God sent Raphael to heal them in answer to their prayer (verse 14).

The New Testament displ