To intercede means to intervene in favor of someone. We believe in the intercession (or mediation) of the saints as a truth wanted by God and revealed by the Gospels.

Some deny this intercession in basing their arguments on Paul’s words: “For there is only one God, and there is only one mediator between God and mankind, himself a man, Christ Jesus, who sacrificed himself as a ransom for them all.” (1 Timothy 2,5-6) Therefore, the intercession to God would be reserved only to Christ.

Those who deny the intercession of the saints do not fail to intercede themselves for others. To be logical with themselves, they should stop praying for others.

And yet, Paul pushes us to intercede for all; indeed he writes to Timothy: “My advice is that, first of all, there should be prayers offered for everyone—petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving—and especially for kings and others in authority… To do this is right, and will please God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2,1-3). Paul prays for Timothy and the believers themselves, and asks them to pray for the others and for himself:

“Night and day I thank God… and always I remember you in my prayers…” (2 Timothy 1,3)

“I have never failed to thank God for you and to remember you in my prayers. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of Him. May He enlighten the eyes of your mind…” (Ephesians 1,16-18).

“Pray all the time… Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all the saints; and pray for me to be given an opportunity to open my mouth and speak without fear and give out the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6,18-19).

“Be persevering in your prayers… Pray for us especially… ” (Colossians 4,2-3).

“And their prayers for you, too, show how they are drawn to you on account of all the grace that God has given you.” (2 Corinthians 9,14).

“We pray to God that you will do nothing wrong… What we ask in our prayers is for you to be made perfect” (2 Corinthians 13,7-9).

“I thank my God… and every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy” (Philippians 1,3-4)

“My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more…” (Philippians 1,9).

The Apostles James and John also recommend the intercession:

“So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, and this will cure you; the heartfelt prayer of a good person works very powerfully” (James 5,16).

“If anybody sees his brother commit a sin that is not a deadly sin, he has only to pray, and God will give life to the sinner…” (1 John 5,16)

The intercession is made either to Jesus Christ, or directly to the Father Himself because of our faith in Jesus. Thus, the fact that Jesus is the unique Mediator, does not prevent our intercession beside Him for the others, and He will intercede to the Father for us. Better still, the Christ obtains to his faithful, the power to intercede directly themselves beside the Father, because of the love they have for Him. This comes out clearly in Jesus’ words: “… The Father will give you anything you ask Him in my Name” (John 15,16). The disciples of Christ’s direct intercession beside the Father is evident.

Jesus not only obtains to his followers the power to intercede directly beside the Father, but reveals to them that in believing in Him, He will not even have to intercede for them anymore. In fact, He says: “When that day comes, you will ask in my name; and I do not say that I shall pray to the Father for you, because the Father Himself loves you for loving Me…” (John 16,26-27)

The saints who are ahead of us in Heaven, as well as the angels, are alive and active; they can intercede for us and do so (See the text: “The survival after death”). One must be without humility and without love to refuse or underestimate their intercession, all while admitting the intercession of oneself. As for us, we accord more importance to the intervention of Mary and Joseph of Nazareth, of Peter of Capernaum, of Paul of Tarsus, and of Muhammad, than any other earthly intervention.

The intercession is the expression of love and of an indefectible solidarity. We are united by the common prayer and the reciprocal intercession to all true believers, those who still live on earth and those -known or unknown to us- who have preceded us to Heaven. It is the “Communion of the Saints”. It is the union of the Heavenly and terrestrial societies gathered around the Christ in one family, since God is OUR Father. Pray, supplicate the Father, intercede for one another, which means to love one another and to be one in Christ: “One for all, all for one”. Jesus prayed ardently for this union (John 17,21). Love, solidarity, understanding, compassion, inevitably lead to the supplication in the intercession as is said in James 5,16. And Paul specifies: “… This is what is good and what is pleasing to God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2,1-4). How many mothers, fathers, holy persons, who are deceased, have saved their children and their dear ones by their tears beside the Father…

In Cana, the Virgin Mary intervened beside Jesus so that He changes the water into wine. She had sympathized with the guests who, in this joyful bridal ambiance, had no more wine “to toast” in honor of the new spouses. She was granted generously, Jesus having accepted to change the divine plan by preceding his hour (John 2,1-11). Mary intercedes, with greater reason, when the circumstances are painful for her people. She sympathizes with them, feels their pain, justifies their situation and always obtains what is convenient for them… in the appropriate time. She is the “Compassionate Intercession”; the Father and the Messiah never refuse her anything, since what she asks for, is always according to the sense of the Holy Spirit.

We can still say and write much more in favor of the intercession of the saints. What has been explained here is sufficient to illuminate a pure heart who searches with detachment, without contention or fanaticism, for the one and unique truth revealed by Jesus Himself, and by his apostles after Him.

Finally, we recall what Jesus kindly says to all those who never asked anything from the Father, nor interceded for anyone: “Whatever you will ask the Father in my Name He will give it to you. Up to now you didn’t ask for anything in my Name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be perfect” (John 16,23-24).

Since the intercession of the believers on earth beside the Father is so powerful, even greater is the intercession of the saints who have preceded us in Heaven near the Father.