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What is the communion of saints and what are some Bible passages that refer to it?

What is the communion of saints and what are some Bible passages that refer to it?

 

Catechism of Saint Pius X

 

The Communion of Saints

 

1 – Q. What are we taught by these words of the Ninth Article of the Creed: The Communion of Saints?

In the words The Communion of Saints, the Ninth Article of the Creed teaches us that the Church’s spiritual goods, both internal and external, are common to all her members because of the intimate union that exists between them.

 

9 – Q. Does the Communion of Saints extend also to heaven and purgatory?

Yes, the Communion of Saints also extends to heaven and purgatory, because charity unites the three Churches — the Triumphant, the Suffering and the Militant; the Saints pray to God both for us and for the souls in purgatory; while we on our part give honour and glory to the Saints, and are able to relieve the suffering souls in purgatory by applying on their behalf indulgences and other good works.

 

Those Outside the Communion of Saints

 

10 – Q. Who are they who do not belong to the Communion of Saints?

Those who are damned do not belong to the Communion of Saints in the other life; and in this life those who belong neither to the body nor to the soul of the Church, that is, those who are in mortal sin, and who are outside the true Church.

 

11 – Q. Who are they who are outside the true Church?

Outside the true Church are: Infidels, Jews, heretics, apostates, schismatics, and the excommunicated.

 

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Answer starts at 21 mins 30 secs

 

1 Cor 12:12-13

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

 

Romans 8:38-39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Ephesians 1:23-24

And He put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

 

Colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the Church…

 

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