Friday, November 14, 2014

The Importance of the Church Fathers

The importance of the Church Fathers is to be seen in the Creed, where we read: ‘in one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church’. The term Apostolic emphasises the importance of apostolic succession; as John Romanides explains (in his book Romaioi or Romioi Fathers of the Church), apostolic succession points out ‘the participation in both the sacramental grace of the priesthood and the sanctifying grace of God’. 

The Church Fathers are the successors of the first Apostles. They reached the same experiences and grace as did the Apostles since Pentecost. The apostolic succession coincides, therefore, with the orthodoxy of faith and of the orthopraxia of the sacraments of the Church. The above emphasise the importance of the Church Fathers, who form the Tradition of the Orthodox Church, i.e. the explanation of the Bible, the Life and Faith of the Church. Without the Church Fathers, Christianity would have followed a different route. They are, thus, an integral part of the Christian World, of the Church.  

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