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  CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Communion of Saints
communion of saints is the spiritual solidarity which binds together the faithful on earth, the souls in purgatory, and the
Thus Saint Aidan in Northumbria, Saint Birinus in Wessex, and Saint Felix in East Anglia were venerated as the protectors of the countries which had been the scenes of their labours.
communion of saints, and not the papacy, was the Church: "non ut aligui somniant, credo ecclesiam esse praelatum.
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 Communion of Saints: Key to the Eucharist - Catholic Update May©2005
On the feast of all saints, we might hail one another with the words “happy feast day,” indicating by such a greeting that we think that despite our sinfulness, we are saints in the sense that we belong to the community of people called to be saints.
Dr. Johnson quotes another author, sociologist Stephen Wilson: The saints are seen “as advocates pleading causes before a stern judge, as mediators, as go-betweens, as intriguers or wire-pullers at the court of heaven.” In this scheme of things the saints are arranged in a hierarchy, with Mary as the arch-intercessor.
The first was thinking of the saints as friends; the second was the medieval patronage model of saints in heaven; and finally the third brings the first and second together—saints are living in heaven and on earth.
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The Communion of Saints is the belief that the faithful in heaven and on earth are united in the Holy Body of Christ, the Church.
Those in the Roman church that pray to saints as worship do it go against their own teaching and is a foul spirit but you cannot deny the truth of the church simply because of the errors of her children.
Saints in heaven are as the angels but they are not lords but rather servants of God as we are.
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 Communion of Saints   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Saints by profession are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification;[4] as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities.
COMMUNION is a mutual interchange of offices between parties, which flows from a common principle in which they are united.
But while these mutual relations and offices of the saints sanctify, they are not designed to supersede the fundamental principles of human society, as the rights of property and the family tie.
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 Chapter. XXVI.
They have communion with him in all the benefits which he purchased; hence they are said to be "made partakers of Christ," and to be "complete in him who is the head of all principality end power" (Heb.
Saints by profession are also united in one body, and bound to maintain a holy fellowship and communion with each other.
Section III.–This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them in any wise partakers of the substance of the Godhead, or to be equal with Christ in any respect: either of which to affirm, is impious and blasphemous.
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 Communion of Saints - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Communion of Saints is a doctrine included in the Apostles' Creed, a major profession of the Christian faith from not long after the year 100, the basic statement of the Church's faith (William Barclay, The Plain Man Looks at the Apostles Creed, pages 10-12).
The doctrine of the Communion of Saints is based on 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul compares Christians to a single body in which each member contributes to the good of all and shares in the welfare of all.
In Catholic terminology, the Communion of Saints is thus said to comprise the Church Militant (those alive on earth), the Church Penitent (those undergoing purification in Purgatory in preparation for heaven), and the Church Triumphant (those already in heaven).
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 Catholic Communion - True Communion between the Saints
THE subject of the “Communion of Saints," of which the 26th chapter of our Constitution treats, and upon the consideration of which we now enter, it is well known to you all, has of late given "rise to no little controversy-in the Christian world.
The interruption of communion among the professed followers of Christ, is confessedly an evil; but it should be recollected that it- has its origin, in a previously existing evil, that is, the want of union in adherence to the- truth.
When an individual desires to be received into the communion of the church, she presents to him her creed, to ascertain whether he is agreed to walk with her in adherence to the truth as it is in Jesus.
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 WCF: Of the Communion of Saints
Saints by profession are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification; as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities.
This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them in any wise partakers of the substance of his Godhead; or to be equal with Christ in any respect: either of which to affirm is impious and blasphemous.
Nor doth their communion one with another, as saints, take away, or infringe the title or propriety which each man hath in his goods and possessions.
www.rpc.org /beliefs/wcf/ch26.htm   (137 words)

 Communion of Saints
The communion of saints is the completed unity of those that are of the household of faith and love.
The resurrection of the "dead" and the saints that are asleep is a bodily resurrection.
The communion we share is with "The saints of all ages" and of all those alive today, and so the many are one in Christ; it is not a communication between living and resurrected saints.
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 CUF.org :: Catholics United for the Faith
Discussion: The communion of saints is the intimate union that exists among all the disciples of Christ.
This communion is known as the Mystical Body of Christ: the Family of God consisting of the faithful on earth (the Church Militant or pilgrim Church), the holy souls in purgatory undergoing spiritual cleansing (the Church Suffering), and the saints in heaven (the Church Triumphant).
The doctrine of the communion of saints was taught by the apostles, both in the Scriptures and the Tradition they handed down in words and practice.
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 Newman Reader - Parochial & Plain Sermons 4 - Sermon 11
And this I the rather do, because the Communion of Saints is an article of the Creed, and therefore is not a matter of secondary importance, of doubt or speculation.
Fifty times as many Saints are in the invisible world sealed for immortality, as are now struggling on upon earth towards it; unless indeed the later generations have a greater measure of Saints than the former ones.
Paul does not say that we are brought near to this saint or that saint, but to all together, "to the spirits of just men made perfect;" one by one they have to undergo the Day of Judgment, but as a body they are the City of God, the immaculate Spouse of the Lamb.
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But what a pathetic sight sometimes is the communion of saints when it comes to the spiritual fellowship of believers, when it comes to seeking out those who are walking in sin, when it comes to visiting the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and the like.
That is the unifying factor in the communion of saints.
The communion of saints is a communion of holiness and therefore a communion in truth.
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 SermonCentral.com: The Communion Of Saints by Anne Robertson
Communion does mean what we do when we gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, but it doesn’t only mean that.
When we say in the Creed that we believe in the communion of saints, we are affirming what we do at the Lord’s table, but we are also recognizing that communion is bigger than that.
When we say, “I believe in the communion of saints,” we are saying that we believe in the power of the community of believers to strengthen our faith.
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 The Communion of Saints
It speaks of a communion in the faith, a communion of the sacraments, a communion of charismas and a communion in charity (949-953).
ur faith in the communion of saints is a belief that the bonds that hold us together as a spiritual family in the Church endure after death and keep us one with those who are being purified of their transgressions as well as with those who are already with God in heaven.
Finally we are made aware in our study of the communion of saints of the fruitfulness of praying to those who, like us, were members of the Church in its pilgrim journey.
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 The Communion of Saints (This Rock: February 1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The intercession of the saints in heaven differs from the intercession of us poor sinners on the earth only in the fact that their prayers are more likely to prevail than ours because they are nearer to our Lord than we.
The communion of saints, in which we express our belief whenever we recite that Creed, involves not only the communion of Christians on earth in prayer and sacrifice and sacraments and good works, but also the communion of Christians on earth with those who have gone before them to the city not built with hands.
But the communion of saints reaches beyond this earth to souls who are not in heaven, and yet are the friends of God and our friends too.
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 The Communion of Saints
Light from the sun is white, but when passed through a prism or colored glass, it's constitution becomes evident: the many colors that combine to form its radiance dance varied hues and textures to reveal the hidden perfections of the original light beam.
The worship of images of the saints is condemned by the Catholic Church.
The saints are our fellow Christians who have died in God's favor, and now stand before God face to face, in the closest union with him.
www.columbia.edu /cu/augustine/a/saints.html   (1594 words)

 U.S. Catholic Bishops - Catechism of the Catholic Church
The communion of saints must be understood as the communion of the sacraments.
In this solidarity with all men, living or dead, which is founded on the communion of saints, the least of our acts done in charity redounds to the profit of all.
The term "communion of saints" refers also to the communion of "holy persons" (sancti) in Christ who "died for all," so that what each one does or suffers in and for Christ bears fruit for all.
www.usccb.org /catechism/text/pt1sect2chpt3art9p5.htm   (1063 words)

 Communion of Saints by James Philipps - Youth Update ©2000
These uncanonized saints gave you strength and comfort through their prayers and their loving support all the time that they were physically with you.
A common one is to confuse honoring a saint (veneration) with worship.
All the good that any saint accomplished and the holiness which characterized that person's life came from his or her total cooperation with God, the light bulb or source of all that is good.
www.americancatholic.org /Newsletters/YU/ay1000.asp   (2418 words)

 Catholic Pages Directory: » SAINTS
The Communion of Saints Catechism of the Catholic Church
Canonization of Saints An outline of the history and the processes of beatification and canonization as it existed in 1952.
New Evangelization with the Saints In this article from L'Osservatore Romano, Archbishop Edward Nowak, Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, explains the large increase in beatifications and canonizations in the last 20 years.
www.catholic-pages.com /dir/saints.asp   (1015 words)

Catholic Tract 4 The Communion Of Saints and Purgatory
We learn that the angels and saints place the prayers of the holy on earth at God’s feet (Tob 12:12, Rev 5:8, 8:3), which is to say support the prayers with their intercessions.
In no way is intercessory prayer of the Communion of Saints with regard to those in heaven and undergoing purgation in any way connected with the summoning of the dead to foretell the future or for any other reason whatsoever.
www.catholic-jhb.org.za /tracts/tract_4.htm   (1908 words)

 Communion (Christian) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
However, the term "full communion" is frequently used in a broader sense, to refer instead to a relationship between Christian Churches that are not united, but have only entered into an arrangement whereby members of each Church have certain rights within the other.
The communion of saints is the relationship that, according to the belief of Christians, exists between them as people made holy by their link with Christ.
Since the word rendered in English as "saints" can mean not only "holy people" but also "holy things", the term communion of saints also applies to the sharing by members of the Church in the holy things of faith, sacraments (especially the Eucharist), and the other spiritual graces and gifts that they have in common.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Communion_(Christian)   (708 words)

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Catholic Doctrine The communion of saints is the spiritual solidarity which binds together the faithful on earth, the souls in purgatory, and the saints in heaven in the organic unity of the same mystical body under Christ its head, and in a constant interchange of supernatural offices.
The participants in that solidarity are called saints by reason of their destination and of their partaking of the fruits of the Redemption (I Cor., i, 2-Greek Text).
After the statements of Tertullian, speaking of "common hope, fear, joy, sorrow, and suffering" (De poenit., ix and x); of St. Cyprian, explicitly setting forth the communion of merits (De lapsis, xvii); of St. Hilary, giving the Eucharistic Communion as a means and symbol of the communion of saints (in Ps.
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 The Communion  of Saints
The communion of saints means that we recognize one another as Christians, and treat each other as Christians.
In their minds, the communion of saints extended no further than the organizational boundaries of our own denomination.
We have communion in the larger sense, of sharing in the life and mission of Jesus.
www.wcg.org /lit/church/communion.htm   (1376 words)

 Pray with the Saints
recall the doctrine of the Communion of saints.
The Catholic doctrine of the Communion of Saints robs death of its terrors,...If my brother leaves me to cross the seas I believe that he continues to pray for me. And when he crosses the narrow sea of death and lands on the shores of eternity, why should he not pray for me still?
See Intercession of the Saints for statements by the Fathers of the Church on appealing to the saints for help.
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 The Catholic Faith: The Communion of Saints
The Church is "a communion of saints", this means that all the faithful form one body - both the living members of the Church, the souls in purgatory and the saints in Heaven.
Christ, as head of the Church, is the most important member of this communion and he draws us all together through the sacraments.
The communion of saints means we have a real connection with those who have died.
www.catholic-ew.org.uk /faith/foundations/communionofsaints.htm   (125 words)

 FT March 2003: The Communion of Saints   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Although our communion with God is impeded by sin, which repeatedly alienates us from Him, we are able to be reconciled through Jesus Christ who prayed to the Father, “For their sake I sanctify myself, that they may be sanctified in truth” (John 17:19).
The communion of saints signifies, first of all, communion, through Christ and in the power of the Spirit, with God the all—holy.
While all Christians are properly called saints, the word “saint” soon became a title of honor referring to exemplary lives among the faithful, and most notably the lives of martyrs.
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