ST. JAMES ORTHODOX CHURCH
MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA
VICARIATE FOR THE PALESTINIAN & JORDANIAN
CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA
Holy Tradition is the deposit of faith given by Jesus Christ to the Apostles and
passed on in the Church from one generation to the next without addition,
alteration or subtraction. Vladimir Lossky has famously described the
Tradition as "the life of the Holy Spirit in the Church." It is dynamic in
application, yet unchanging in dogma. It is growing in expression, yet ever the
same in essence.

Unlike many conceptions of tradition in popular understanding, the Orthodox
Church does not regard Holy Tradition as something which grows and
expands over time, forming a collection of practices and doctrines which
accrue, gradually becoming something more developed and eventually
unrecognizable to the first Christians. Rather, Holy Tradition is that same faith
which Christ taught to the Apostles and which they gave to their disciples,
preserved in the whole Church and especially in its leadership through
Apostolic Succession.

Orthodox Tradition, therefore, is not a dead letter, a collection of dogmas and
practices of the past. It is the history of salvation. It is the life of the Holy
Spirit, who constantly illuminates us in order for all Orthodox Christians to
become sons and daughters of God, living in the Divine light of the All-blessed
Trinity.
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