9.6.2 The participation of the dead in Christ

From 2 Maccabees 15: 12-14 it follows that departed souls can also offer intercessory prayers: "And this was his [Judas Maccabeus'] vision: that Onias, who had been high priest ... holding up his hands prayed for the whole body of the Jews. This done, in like manner there appeared a man with gray hairs, and exceeding glorious, who was of a wonderful and excellent majesty. Then Onias answered, saying, 'This is a lover of the brethren, who prayeth much for the people, and for the holy city, to wit, Jeremias the prophet of God.'" Moreover, Holy Scripture tells us that the spirits and souls of the righteous can worship and praise the Lord: "O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all forever" (The Song of the Three Holy Children 64).

The dead and the living in Christ comprise a single fellowship. Together they are part of the Lord's work of redemption. In the beyond–as here–they will work in His mind, interceding with God for the unredeemed.

The events on the Mount of Transfiguration also reinforce the conviction that redeemed souls continue to be active in the beyond (Luke 9: 30-31).

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