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Howard wrote:

Hi, guys —

With all of the rhetoric today about asking people who are in Heaven to pray for us:

  • Is it OK to ask Adam and Eve to pray for us?
  • Are Adam and Eve presumed to be in Heaven, as well as other Saints that led sinful lives but repented before death?
  • Why doesn't the Church call on the prayers of Adam and Eve?

Thank you very much,

Howard

  { Is it OK to pray to Adam and Eve and are they presumed to be in Heaven with the other Saints? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Howard —

You asked:
With all of the rhetoric today about asking people who are in Heaven to pray for us, is it OK to ask Adam and Eve to pray for us?

Yes, it is.

You asked:
Are Adam and Eve presumed to be in Heaven, as well as other Saints that led sinful lives and then repented?

Adam and Eve are venerated as Saints by the Church. Whether other people who led sinful lives and then repented are in Heaven, is an open question, unless they are formally recognized as Saints. All Saints are in Heaven, so if the person is a Saint, he or she is in Heaven.

Adam and Eve, whose feast day is Christmas Eve, are honored as Saints more in the East than in the West.

In the West, the understanding of Saints is that they are models of heroic virtue. That doesn't really describe Adam and Eve, so they tend not to be venerated in the West. In fact, one would be hard pressed to come up with anything holy about them; I'm not sure it's even clear from the biblical text alone that they truly repented.

Hope this helps,

Eric

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