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Talk 80: Is the Veneration of Saints and Belief in Their Prayers Essential?

(MP3 duration: 4hrs 14mins)

This talk is a continuation of Talks 78 and 79. In the Orthodox Church there are many beliefs, customs, and traditions, but not all of these are essential for one’s salvation. The beliefs required of all Orthodox Christians are called dogmas. A few examples are the dogmas that Christ was both fully man and fully God, that the Virgin Mary is the Mother of God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. The question arises: is veneration of the saints and the belief that they pray for us a dogma of the Orthodox Church and therefore essential for every Christian?

In this talk, Father Kosmas states that the teaching on the veneration and intercessions of the saints is indeed an essential Christian dogma. He explains that mere acceptance of this teaching is not enough, and proceeds to give important practical advice on how to establish a proper view of and relationship with the saints.

The following questions are also discussed: why is it important to especially venerate the local and national saints of one’s country? Why did Saint John of San Francisco especially venerate Saint Herman of Alaska and Saint Peter the Aleut? Is it a sin for parents to provide their children with books and films on fantasy and falsehoods while ignoring the lives of the saints? Are the saints closer to those who venerate them, pray to them, and read their lives? Why does one Orthodox priest strongly recommend that adults today read the saints’ lives written for children? Is it permissible for Orthodox Christians to read the lives of Catholic saints and to pray to them?

Other points covered in this talk include: the importance of giving simplified lives of saints to one’s children and godchildren; how one should imitate the virtues and sanctity of the saints; how the saints’ intercessions before God help and protect us; the importance of using the lives and writings of the saints to illustrate spiritual concepts; the dangers of early school enrolment; more examples of saints who themselves read the lives of saints; how under Turkish rule the lives of saints encouraged Orthodox Christians to maintain their faith, and helped those who had fallen away to return to the Church; how parents will answer on the Day of Judgement for not teaching their children to read the lives of saints; and the wonderful and powerful simplified versions of the lives of New Martyr Elias and Saint Sebastian of Jackson and San Francisco.

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MP3
Duration:
4hrs 14mins
Speaker:
Priestmonk Kosmas
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175MB
Location:
St George Church, Carlton, Sydney
Date:
6 October 2019
Series:
Talks 78 to 80

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