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The Holy Tradition

IntroductionTradition in the apostolic ageTradition and the Holy BibleTradition and Church LifeTrue and false traditions



The Holy Tradition

IntroductionTradition= 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 ageIn 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.




and the Holy BibleA) 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 14



B.C. Before that time, the conscience (the moral law) was adopted, together with tradition.

+ Abel’s Sacrifice

+ Noah’s & Abraham’s Altar and animal sacrifices

+ Priesthood (Melchizedek)

+ Abraham offering tithes to Melchizedek

+ Jacob’s consecration of a house for God (Bethel)





; Story of Balaam

+ For 20 years after Christ’s 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 20:30,31; 21:25):+ His healing miracles (Mt. 4:23; Lk. 4:40)

+ 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 1:15; Mark 16:15). 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 Lord’s 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 tradition:+ Of the Lord’s sayings, St. Paul wrote: “Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” (1Cor. 9:14), and “Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart


her husband” (1Cor. 7:10



d)Tradition guarded the Lord’s Sayings and

deeds, cont.+ Of the Lord’s 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 tradition.



Third: The Holy tradition and the Church Life

A) Tradition and Ethical TeachingB) Tradition and Church WorshipC) Tradition and LiturgyD) Tradition and Church RitesThe 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 TraditionThis is evident from many passages in St. Paul’s Epistles.



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 Lord’s teachings, those of His Apostles and the church tradition given through the Holy Councils. False tradition is what is opposite to God’s word as St. Paul says in Gal 1:8: “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 can’t 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 can’t practice her apostolic life, her continual renewal, her unity, nor live with her genuine characteristics…



The Holy Tradition

References1.Comparative Theology, vol. 1, by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III


and Orthodoxy, by Father Tadros Malaty

3. Scripture and Tradition in the Early Church, by Rick Wade, Probe Ministries,


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