Question what does the bible say about praying for the dead answer praying for the dead is not a biblical concept our prayers have no bearing on someone once he or she has died the reality is that at the point of death ones eternal destiny is confirmed either he is saved through faith . Baptism for the dead vicarious baptism or proxy baptism today commonly refers to the religious practice of baptizing a person on behalf of one who is dead a living person receiving the rite on behalf of a deceased person. God our father your power brings us to birth your providence guides our lives and by your command we return to dust lord those who die still live in your presence their lives change . Catholic teaching regarding prayers for the dead is bound up inseparably with the doctrine of purgatory and the more general doctrine of the communion of the saints which is an article of the apostles creed. This ancient prayer for the dead is traditionally attributed to the martyr saint ignatius of antioch
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