Originally Posted by Ron Conte
The phrase 'pray to' has more than one meaning. When applied to God it refers to an act of worship whereby we speak to God as to our ultimate end. When applied to Angels and Saints in Heaven, it refers to an act of veneration whereby we speak to those who are closest to God (who have the beatific vision of God), as mediators between us and our final end, God.
The early Church NEVER prayed to Mary or Joseph or any Saint while they were still alive on this earth, but only after they entered into Heaven.
Ron, I need to know the first reference of the earliest christian via writing of prayer to martyrs. - This is very improtant - Thanks