The Kingdom of Heaven The Kingdom of Heaven is the ultimate treasure offered by Jesus Christ to the faithful as the permanent and glorious state of His sovereignty. Christ proclaimed the Kingdom of Heaven as being "near at hand" for man to enter into it through the gate of repentance; also, Christ began the Sermon on the Mount referring to the same Kingdom and called the faithful to enter it in humility; Christ taught His disciples to pray, "Thy Kingdom come", and as Founder and Head of His Church pronounced the Church as His Kingdom. The Kingdom, then, is a reality of communion between God and the faithful who are members of the Militant Church on Earth, or belong to the Triumphant One in Heaven. The faithful one, through repentance and humility, prepares himself or herself for this Kingdom which is his or her communion with God, beseeching Almighty God to abide in him or her and remain forever. Through the Prayers of our Holy Fathers The Orthodox Church holds the Truth that the Christians who constitute the Church are not only the living, but also all the faithful who have departed. Also, the Orthodox Church holds the Truth that Christians pray for each other to Almighty God. The Apostle Paul, for instance, asks Christians to pray for him and for the success of the Gospel of Christ. The Orthodox Church declares the Truth that the departed faithful do not disappear but that their souls are separated from their bodies and are living before the countenance of the Lord. Almighty God is the God of the living and not of the dead. This is the reason that the Christian refers in prayers to the Apostles, the Fathers, the Martyrs, and to all the departed faithful, asking remembrance and intercession for them from Almighty God. This intercession to Almighty God is not an act that blocks the direct communion between the faithful and God. The Saints of God are not mediators for the salvation of the faithful. On the contrary, these intercessions and the prayers of the Holy Fathers and Saints stress the teaching of the Christian Church that its members both living and departed are living members of the Mystical Body of Christ, by Whom and through Whom alone, the faithful one is saved. The intercession of the Saints and the Fathers is not an act of salvation on the part of them. Salvation of the faithful comes only from Almighty God through His mercy. The Orthodox Church honors the Saints and Fathers, but does not worship them or attribute to them qualities that belong only to Almighty God.