Friday, August 10, 2007

Prayers for the Dead

As I mentioned in the comments of my previous post, the Christian (Catholic) concept of the 'dead' saints praying for you clearly dates to the 1st century or early second century at the latest. Of course, the Catholic practice of living Christians praying for their dead dates back even further (anyone with a complete Bible would know that). Thanks to NotMyOpinion for passing along this jewel:

Paris, Aug. 10, 2007 ( - Paris bade farewell to the late Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger on August 10, with a funeral in the basilica of Notre Dame preceded by the recitation of the Kaddish, the traditional Hebrew prayer for the dead.
Just passing it along for what it's worth. (Of course I speak in terms of 'living' and 'dead' only as far as the earthly life is concerned. Our Lord of course affirmed that the forefathers of our faith are not dead but alive thereby disproving Calvin on yet another point - the 'communion of saints' does not amount to necromancy.)


Thos said...

At the risk of domineering your blog, my church (PCA) choir in San Diego san a "Kaddish" in Hebrew for a service celebrating multi-lingualism. We didn't realize until well into learning it (and from a Hebrew couple in our church) that it was a prayer for the dead. I forget the rationale we used in deciding to sing it anyway...

Anonymous said...

Religions under God

Judaism - (Abraham - present day [1 religion])
pray for the dead - YES

Roman Catholicism (the Cross [completed Covenant] - present day [1 Church])
pray for the dead - YES

Eastern Orthodox (1054 [Great Schism] - present day [1 Church, with a deformity])
pray for the dead - YES

Protestantism (1517 [count 1 Protestant religion] - present day [count 35,000+ and growing])
pray for the dead - NO

I guess Protestantism is right! Wait, did I read that wrong?

- I'm sorry, couldn't help it

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

Anon you're not a programmer are you?

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

Thos - that's interesting. I'm surprised that was allowed in a PCA church.