I am a catechumen in the Antiochian Orthodox church and have been attending for 5 months. Coming from an "evangelical non-denominational" style church, it has been very eye opening for me at the depth and richness of the Orthodox faith. I am trying very hard to work on adopting an Orthodox mindset, but I still have many questions. My priest has been very patient with me, but I think that my constant bombardment of emails and questions to him may be taking advantage of his good nature. I thought perhaps joining this community, I would have the opportunity to speak with others who have gone down this road before me and can give me some guidance.
One question that has been swirling around in my head is, how do the saints and the Theotokos hear our prayers? I understand that when we offer up prayers, it is to them as intercessors much like we would ask our friends on earth to pray for us. My confusion is, obviously, God hears our prayers because he is in all places and knows all things, but the Saints don't have that ability, do they? Does God get the prayer and give it to the Saint to handle? Sorry if this seems silly, but it is something I have been wondering about. I'm sure this is a very protestant sounding question.
Edited by Fr Raphael Vereshack, 06 October 2012 - 02:30 PM.
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