1 Corinthians 11: Tradition, ‘Handed On’ Because It Was ‘Received’

with Fr. Charles Samson

In St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians we find the scriptural basis for “tradition”, both of which — scripture and tradition — work together to express revelation.  Concerning the Institution of the Eucharist, pronounced by Christ at the Last Supper, St. Paul is ‘handing on’ what he has ‘received’.  This ‘handing on’ from the beginning is what the Catholic Church holds as tradition.

Further Resources:

  1. Book (and online):  Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 75-79.  http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PK.HTM
  2. Online:  The New American Bible.  http://www.usccb.org/bible/index.cfm
  3. Online:  Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (“Dei Verbum”) from the Second Vatican Council.  http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651118_dei-verbum_en.html
  4. Online: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/scripture-and-tradition   –  gives a clear presentation of the Catholic Church’s understanding of Tradition.