Most Protestants decry the fact that Cathoics pray to the saints. Why? Is it because they each see prayer differently? It seems to me that the word PRAYER in Protestant terminology is equal to WORSHIP. Catholics don't understand the word PRAYER that way. To us, Prayer is simply talking to someone you know who loves you. For instance, if I go to the gravesite of a loved one and start "telling" him or her about my day, children, troubles or anything else, that is a type of prayer. Catholic prayers to the saints are the same thing. We know that the saints are alive in heaven and that they offer up prayers at the altar of the lamb. Surely they aren't offering prayers for themselves, for they have been perfected and have reached their etenal reward. They can't be praying for those in Hell because no amount of prayer will help them. The only logical explanation is that the prayers they offer are for those on earth. Whose petitions they hear through our talks (prayers) to them. Don't take my post as being official Catholic teaching. I never finished college and don't pretend to be any kind of Apologist. I just wondered if you consider prayer and worship to mean the same thing.