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Q. 1. What is Sacred Tradition?

A. 1. Sacred Tradition is everything, other than Sacred Scripture, that was handed on by the apostles and which contributes to the holiness of life and increase in faith of the People of God.

The Church definition of "Sacred Tradition" is: "The Church, in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes".

The Dictionary defines it as: "Sacred Tradition or Holy Tradition is a technical theological term used in some Christian traditions, primarily in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions, to refer to the fundamental basis of church dogma. The term refers to belief that these churches hold, that the "depositum fidei", or "deposit of faith" was communicated by Jesus Christ to his first followers, and has been passed down (Latin tradere, to hand over or hand down) through succeeding generations of those followers (apostolic succession), represented by the church. The church as a community, therefore, was the initial receiver, and has remained the guardian and codifier, of Sacred Tradition.

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