What exactly is the meaning of Sacred Tradition?

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Sacred Tradition embraces both the handing on process of the gospel message, and its products; that is, the various forms and ways in which God’s Word moves from the apostles to the present age. The Church is Justified in affirming the importance of Sacred Tradition as a source of beliefs and practices.

Much of the New Testament records the traditions of the early Church. Saint Paul , in particular emphasized the importance of tradition, saying: “ so then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15). Sacred Tradition “transmits in its entirety the word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully preserve, expound and disseminate it by their preaching” (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, 9).

Here are some great bible verses which help to explain Sacred Tradition:

  • Corinthians 11:2: I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the tradition even as I have delivered them to you.
  • Thessalonians 2:15: so then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
  • Thessalonians 3:6: Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.

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