hi, dear brothers and sisters and peace to you all
so, i have another question arising from debates, sorry, i mean, civilised discussions over tea (!) with my protestant family/friends.
i have set out the scriptural reasons why we believe we can / should ask the departed Christians (saints) to pray for us, which are:
1. hebrews 12:1 - 'great cloud of witnesses' - they can see us and they love us
2. revelation 9:10 - 'how long, o Lord, holy and true' - they are close to God and love God
3. ephesians 6:18 - 'praying always with all prayer and supplication' - Christians should pray for one another
4. james 5:15 - 'the fervent prayer of a righteous man' - the prayer of Godly people is powerful and effective
and i have explained that all Christians for the first 1,000 years asked the departed saints for their intercession
but my question is this:
when (in which eccumenical councils) do we first find the prayer to the saints for their intercession first mentioned?
my protestant friend accepts the decisions of the councils to name the books of the Bible (with one or two reservations perhaps!) and i would like to show him that the writings of church councils or church fathers also show that the early church prayed to the saints for their intecessions.
can anyone direct me to any resources for this?
(sorry for the long question! i am hoping it is useful to other people as well)