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Kevin wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • I was wondering, when Catholics pray, do they also pray to Jesus?

I do believe that a He is worshipped in Christianity, but the Virgin Mary, Saints, and angels, like the Archangel St. Michael, also appear to be worshipped.

Also, I have seen some prayer candles with decorations and mentions to the sacred. I believe that they are used by the Hispanic community. It won't mean anything if someone, who is not Hispanic, uses them.

  • Finally, do many Catholics believe that there is an anti-Christ?

Thank you for your time.

Kevin

  { When Catholics pray, do they also pray to Jesus and do they believe there is an anti-Christ? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Kevin —

You said:

  • I was wondering, when Catholics pray, do they also pray to Jesus?

I do believe that a He is worshipped in Christianity, but the Virgin Mary, Saints, and angels, like the Archangel St. Michael, also appear to be worshipped.

All worship is directed to God through Christ in the Holy Spirit. We pray to many angels and saints, and especially to Mary, but to pray simply means to speak to or ask, and we are asking them to pray with us to the Lord.

You said:
Also, I have seen some prayer candles with decorations and mentions to the sacred.
I believe that they are used by the Hispanic community. That won't mean anything if someone, who is not Hispanic, uses them.

Anyone can use a prayer candle. Some of the prayer candles you see are actually intended as part of Santeria or some other superstitious religion, in which saints are used to represent certain forces or fortunes. However, anyone can use these candles in true prayer. It is best to have them blessed.

You said:

  • Finally, do many Catholics believe that there is an anti-Christ?

The anti-Christ is Scriptural. As St. John says, there are many antichrists. The last and greatest one will attempt to put himself in the place of God.

Mary Ann

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