In the Second Letter to the Thessalonians, St. Paul writes: “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter” (2:15)
In the home, little traditions, like praying the Angelus at meal times. Or having a special dinner and table centerpiece for birthdays. Or sharing hot cross buns and Easter eggs on Easter Sunday morning.
In our liturgy, our prayer, holding fast to what has gone before us, those traditions. Praying and meditating on the rosary, as generations before have done. Praying at mass in the Extraordinary Form, participating in the Divine Office, praying the psalms, with the community of saints through the ages
Just as traditions in the home bind us together as a family and with friends , build relationships and memories, make our family life vibrant, so traditions in the Church help us form relationship with Our Lord, with the community of believers past and present. These traditions helps us express and build a vibrant faith, a vibrant relationship with Christ and His Church.
To quote Bishop Kaiilstos Ware, on Orthodox spirituality, but making a point that stands true for us in the West,..”…I wish particularly to underline this need for living experience. To many in the twentieth century….the Orthodox Church seems chiefly remarkable for it’s air of antiquity and conservatism….For the Orthodox themselves, however, loyalty to Tradition means not primarily the acceptance of formulae or customs from past generations, but rather the ever-new, personal and direct experience of the Holy Spirit in the present, here and now.” ( The Orthodox Way)
Loyalty to Tradition within our present, leading us to direct experience of Christ, through the prayers of the ages and through the sacraments .
Tradition forming our living experience.
And that is why, in many respects, I am traditional in my worship.