Often Protestants are misinformed about the Saints existing in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox traditions alone. The Anglican and Lutheran traditions embrace the Saints too.
But, Lutherans embrace the Saints differently…
Martin Luther redefined a ‘saint’ as a forgiven sinner, but continued to recognize that canonized Saints are examples of Christian witness who should be venerated (respected, not worshipped).
Martin Luther taught that the Saints, however, do not possess an abundance of merit and cannot intercede on our behalf. Therefore, Lutherans do not pray to the Saints.
I have been honored and humbled in the presence of relics, including the tomb of St. Patrick. I have not visited seeking ‘merit’ but rather to be connected to the person, their story, and their Christian witness despite the confines of time and space, such as a family photo album or scrapbook might. Read the rest of this entry »