Sacred TRADITION is the very CHURCH; without the Sacred TRADITION the CHURCH
does not exist. Those who deny the Sacred TRADITION deny the Church and the
preaching of the Apostles.
Before the writing of the Holy Scriptures, that is, of the sacred texts of
the Gospels, the Acts and the Epistles of the Apostles, and before they were
spread to the churches of the world, the CHURCH was based on Sacred
Tradition....The holy texts are in relation to Sacred Tradition what the part
is to the whole.
The CHURCH Fathers regard Sacred Tradition as the safe guide in the
interpretation of Holy Scripture and absolutely necessary for understanding the
truths contained in the Holy Scripture. The CHURCH received many traditions
from the Apostles... The constitution of the church services, especially of the
Divine Liturgy, the holy Mysteria themselves and the manner of performing them,
certain prayers and other institutions of the Church go back to the Sacred
Tradition of the Apostles.
In their conferences, the Holy Synods draw not only from Holy Scriptures,
but also from Sacred Tradition as from a pure fount. Thus, the Seventh
Ecumenical Synod says in the 8th Decree: "If one violates any part of the
CHURCH Tradition, either written or unwritten, let him be anathema."
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