*This is the second piece in a series of posts about the mission, identity, and vision of All Souls.
An Orthodox and Traditional Church
The Church was given the fullness of the Faith at Pentecost. That Faith was entrusted to the Apostles, handed down to and through their successors the bishops, principally recorded in the Holy Scriptures which "contain all things necessary to salvation" (Articles of Religion, Article VI), and most excellently and perfectly articulated in the Creeds and Councils of the Church. Therefore, whatever is proper to that ancient and eternal Faith, "that Faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all" (Canon of St. Vincent of Lérins), we do wholeheartedly affirm and seek to faithfully proclaim by word and by deed.
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
-- Jude 1:3
Thus, when we use the word 'traditional' or 'tradition' (words which have practically become pejoratives in our day and age) we are not referring to "the way we've always done it;" or to the uncritical acceptance of the patterns of the past. Rather, we are speaking, primarily, of Tradition (capital "T") which refers to that which has been given to us by Christ and His Apostles, that which has been handed down ('handed down' being the very meaning of the word 'tradition'), that "faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."
So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
-- 2 Thessalonians 2:15