His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry: We pray before the relics of saints because they have the power of life

Source: Ukrainian Orthodox Church

August 11, 2016

The primate spoke about this on the day of the Great
Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, August 9, reports the
information-education department of the Ukrainian Orthodox
Church.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry noted that the Lord
endowed the Great Martyr Panteleimon with the gift of
healing people’s diseases, and after death he helps
all who call upon him in prayer.

The primate said that the head of St. Panteleimon is kept
on Mt. Athos, and particles of his relics exist throughout
the world and people venerate them with special faith.

On this he noted that sometimes Orthodox believers ask:
“Why do we pray before bones? What good can they
bring us?”

“If a person lived righteously before God,”
explained the primate, “then even though he has left
the world, he remains a bearer of life.”

According to the archpastor, we venerate holy relics and
receive healing from sacred objects precisely because they
all have the power of life.”

“The righteous do not die—they live
eternally,” he underlined.

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