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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Principles Of Orthodox Worship - VI

by Fr. Dr. Mathew Vaidyan
Conformity with the mind of the Church

We are bound to hold fast the traditions transferred to us through the Church by our Lord, the Apostles and the church Fathers.

The Greek word paradosis used in the Bible means “ that which is transferred” or “ traditions” ( see 2 thess 2 : 15, 3:16, 1 Cor 11:2 etc.)

The continuity and apostolic authority together with the rich spiritual fragrance behind these traditions are to be counted. Tradition is the mind of the Church .

It is difficult to write down everything that we see , know and experience .

The canons, faith declaration and textual formations of the liturgical practices form the spiritual code of conduct made by the Holy Spirit through the Apostles , gospel- writers and Church Fathers.

These traditions (oral and written ) act as catalytic agents for our spiritual upbringing . These tradition are not be ridiculed , misused , and misunderstood. See 1 Cor, 11:34, Phil 4:9, 2 Tim 2:2, 2 Tim 1:13, Heb 2: 1, 3 Jn. 1 :13 , 2 Pet 3:16.

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