Hi, guys —
- Is it permitted to pray to Enoch and Elias?
I ask this question because of what I have read about them.
These two men did not die. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, they are preserved in the atmospheric Heaven (which is identified with Earthly paradise), but not in the empyrean Heaven (Heaven proper).
See Summa Theologiae III, q. 49, a. 5.
Article 5. Whether Christ opened the gate of heaven to us by His Passion?
Objection 2. Further, Elias was caught up to Heaven previous to Christ's Passion (2 Kings 2). But the effect never precedes the cause. Therefore it seems that the opening of Heaven's gate is not the result of Christ's Passion.
Reply to Objection 2. Elias was taken up into the atmospheric Heaven, but not in to the empyrean Heaven, which is the abode of the saints: and likewise Enoch was translated into the earthly paradise, where he is believed to live with Elias until the coming of Antichrist.