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The Holy Tradition


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Title: The Holy Tradition

The Holy Tradition
  • Introduction
  • Tradition in the apostolic age
  • Tradition and the Holy Bible
  • Tradition and Church Life
  • True and false traditions

The Holy Tradition
  • Introduction
  • Tradition paradosis in Greek which in the Bible
    is used as a transmission from one party to
    another, and exchange of some sort, implying
    living subjects.
  • Christ did not deliver His disciples and apostles
    a written document, but rather He prepared them
    to follow Him and to accept Him dwelling within
    their hearts.

First Tradition in the apostolic age
  • In the apostolic age, the New Testament books
    were already in existence, but these were not yet
    canonized officially. Tradition was the only
    source of Christian faith, doctrine and worship.

Tradition in the apostolic age, cont.
  • In brief, we can say that the Church in the
    apostolic age accepted the living tradition, by
    which she received the books of the Old
    Testament, conceived its prophecies, discovered
    its types and symbols, acknowledged its unity
    with the apostolic testimony, received the
    witnesses of the apostles, declared the authority
    of their successors in preserving the Christian
    faith and practiced the true worship of God.

SecondTradition and the Holy Bible
  • A) Tradition is More Ancient than the Holy Bible.
  • B) The Holy Bible could not record everything.
  • C) Tradition preserved the Holy Bible.
  • D) Tradition guarded the Sayings and Deeds of the
    Lord Jesus Christ.

A) Tradition is More Ancient than the Holy Bible
  • Moses gave us the written Law between the 15th
    and 14th centuries B.C. Before that time, the
    conscience (the moral law) was adopted, together
    with tradition.
  • Abels Sacrifice
  • Noahs Abrahams Altar and animal sacrifices
  • Priesthood (Melchizedek)
  • Abraham offering tithes to Melchizedek
  • Jacobs consecration of a house for God
  • Jannes and Jambers Story of Balaam
  • For 20 years after Christs Ascension faith
    kept by Tradition.

b)The Holy Bible could not record everything
  • There are many signs and teachings which the Lord
    Jesus did and said which are not recorded in the
    Gospels (Jn 2030,31 2125)
  • His healing miracles (Mt. 423 Lk. 440)
  • His teachings (e.g. Not only one sermon on the
    mount, before blessing the loaves He spoke till
    evening, expounding Scriptures to Emmaus
    disciples, teaching His disciples for 40 days...)
  • Apostles teachings
  • Apostles Rules

c)Tradition preserved the Holy Bible
  • As mentioned before, the Oral Gospel and Divine
    teachings of salvation, constituted the Gospel
    before the New Testament was written (Mark 115
    Mark 1615). Yet after the death of the Apostles
    many false gospels were written. When the Church
    wanted to distinguish between the true and the
    false books, she went back to the tradition which
    she received from the Apostles.

d)Tradition guarded the Lords Sayings and deeds
  • St. Paul did not hear nor see the Lord on earth,
    and even though he encountered Him in visions, he
    learned lots from the other disciples through
  • Of the Lords sayings, St. Paul wrote Even so
    the Lord has commanded that those who preach the
    gospel should live from the gospel (1Cor. 914),
    and Now to the married I command, yet not I but
    the Lord A wife is not to depart from her
    husband (1Cor. 710).

d)Tradition guarded the Lords Sayings and deeds,
  • Of the Lords deeds, St. Paul wrote about the
    Holy Eucharist. Obviously, the Apostle Paul did
    not know about what the Lord Jesus did on the
    night of His suffering, except from the Church by

Third The Holy tradition and the Church Life
  • A) Tradition and Ethical Teaching
  • B) Tradition and Church Worship
  • C) Tradition and Liturgy
  • D) Tradition and Church Rites
  • The Church Tradition is the continuous stream of
    the Church life in Jesus Christ, by the work of
    the Holy Spirit. It is the one life of the
    church, which cannot be separated into faith,
    spiritual teaching and worship.

A) Tradition and Ethical Teaching
  • Paralambo (Greek) Received Teaching by
  • This is evident from many passages in St. Pauls

B) Tradition and Church Worship
  • Through tradition we accepted our Church life in
    Jesus Christ, not only through the Christian
    beliefs, doctrines, Holy Scriptures and ethical
    scheme, but also through the Church liturgies,
    rites, cannons, and all that belongs to our
    worship. We received a true life of worship in an
    apostolic and patristic spirit which strengthens
    our true faith.

c) Tradition and Liturgy
  • Tradition is the source of our Church Liturgies
    of Baptism, Eucharist, Marriage, etc..And at the
    same time these liturgies are tradition itself at
    its highest degree of power and solemnity. For
    the liturgies in their wholeness- are the
    celebration of the whole Christian mystery, they
    not only teach us but bring us into the real
    communication with the Christian Mystery.

D) Tradition and Church Rite
  • The rites we received by tradition are not
    accidental in the life of the Church...
  • Rite is an essential element of the liturgical,
    family, and personal worship, for it means the
    participation of the body and spirit in
    worshipping God.

Fourth True Versus False Tradition
  • True tradition is based on our Lords teachings,
    those of His Apostles and the church tradition
    given through the Holy Councils. False tradition
    is what is opposite to Gods word as St. Paul
    says in Gal 18 But even if we, or an angel
    from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than
    what we have preached to you, let him be
    accursed. Also false traditions are those which
    oppose the well established church traditions or
    which are not accepted by the churches.

Epilogue on the Holy tradition
  • The Church and Tradition are but two aspects for
    the life of faith. They are inseparable we cant
    know one of them without the other.
  • By tradition the Church has her existence,
    acknowledges her Bridegroom, practices His saving
    deed and accepts His divine mysteries..
  • By tradition we discover the Church gospel,
    accept it, preserve it, live its rules, and
    preach it.
  • By tradition we recognize the sacramental and
    ecclesiastical life, the church liturgies,
    hymns, rites, etc.

Epilogue on the Holy tradition, cont.
  • By tradition we meet with the Church Saints and
    Fathers, discover their lives in Jesus Christ,
    their writings, take the blessing of their
    prayers and enjoy our fellowship with them in
    Jesus Christ.
  • By tradition we understand the Church canons,
    come in touch with its holy councils and their
    works, etc.
  • In brief, we say that tradition is the core of
    the church, and without Tradition the church
    cant practice her apostolic life, her continual
    renewal, her unity, nor live with her genuine

The Holy Tradition
  • References
  • 1.Comparative Theology, vol. 1, by His Holiness
    Pope Shenouda III
  • 2.Tradition and Orthodoxy, by Father Tadros
  • 3. Scripture and Tradition in the Early Church,
    by Rick Wade, Probe Ministries,