The One Way of Holiness in Christ
"The Living Tradition" is a term used to designate the one way of holiness in Christ which the saints have lived in every century and in every country where the church has gone.
Founded as we have said on the Incarnation and Resurrection of Christ, it is built also on the sanctification of the Apostles and Martyrs who triumphed over all things by their faith in the Risen Christ.
This tradition is particularly clear in those places where all our 'Fathers' have lived particularly within the great Patriarchates of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem, also in Cyprus and Sinai and also in those churches now commonly called 'Oriental' Orthodox, the Syrian, Armenian, Georgian, Coptic and Ethiopian churches. It includes also the churches in Russia, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria and other churches using Slavonic.
This entire tradition has continued to the present day indicating its essential 'living' quality.
This tradition is also clear in the West when the church was still demonstrably one. It exists also beyond that, though less clearly.
Each person, as he or she reads the Fathers, is drawn to those through whom the Holy Spirit speaks to them. For us, in addition to our local saints, this includes the following Saints and Fathers who are now found on the wall of the chapel in Keswick, who we believe pray for us and encourage us and whom we believe are in some way our 'friends' . The research into and demonstration of this tradition is to be found in my book, 'The Living Tradition of the Saints and the Significance of their Teaching for us'. It was written on request on the basis of 45 years of reading and practice.
To order a copy of the book mentioned above please email Fr. John at: email@example.com Please read also the introductory article called "The Living Tradition" above which tells you how it all began by clicking here. This is an ongoing project with new articles appearing from time to time, so please return often to see what is new. To be notified of a new article by using an RSS feed click here. .
St Anthony the Great 4C Egypt
St Macarius of Egypt 4C Egypt
St Barsanuphius 5/6C Gaza
St John Climacus (of the Ladder)
St Isaac the Syrian 7C
St Maximus the Confessor 7C Constantinople & Africa
St Hesychius 8/9C Sinai
St Simeon the New Theologian 10/11C Constantinople
St Gregory of Sinai 13/14 C Mount Athos
St Gregory Palamas