COMMUNION OF SAINTS
- All members of the Church, living and departed, are in fellowship and communion with each other, being one Body in Christ.
When Christians depart this life, they remain a vital part of the Church, the Body of Christ. They are alive in the Lord and "registered in heaven" (Hebrews 12:23)
. They worship God (Revelation 4:10)
and inhabit His heavenly dwelling places (John 14:2)
. In the Eucharist we come "to the city of the living God" and join in communion with the saints in our worship of God (Hebrews 12:22)
. They are that great "cloud of witnesses" which surrounds us, and we seek to imitate them in running "the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1)
. Rejecting or ignoring the communion of saints is a denial that those who have died in Christ are still part of his Holy Church.