The interim state, according to Catholic belief, for those of the dead who must be punished or purified before being fit for the Vision of God. The biblical basis for the doctrine is in 2 Macc. 12: 39–45 and 1 Cor. 3: 11–15, but there was elaboration in Church tradition. Prayers for the dead are a prominent feature in the worship of both Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christendom; and many non‐Catholic Christians teach the probability of an intermediate state, after death, of preparation and growth.