Later day saints dating
Does anyone know of an example prior to the fourth century of Christians being enjoined to pray to the saints and ask for their intercession? Any barbs about differences between Catholics and Protestants will probably be removed. That may seem like a condescending thing to say, but when I first asked the question, the evidence supplied was actually evidence of a different claim, namely that Christians believed that saints on the other side prayed for us. I only want to know when and where the practice began, and if there is a source demonstrating this earlier than the fourth century.
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What was clear from the beginning was that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated, and that an empty tomb stood on the edge of Jerusalem near the site of her death.
That location also soon became a place of pilgrimage.
After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the people of Jerusalem.
The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over.
The feast days of the Church are not just the commemoration of historical events; they do not look only to the past.
One of the memories about his mother centered around the "Tomb of Mary," close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had lived.
On the hill itself was the "Place of Dormition," the spot of Mary's "falling asleep," where she had died. At this time, the "Memory of Mary" was being celebrated.