The goal of this Edge Night to help the youth understand that Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture go together to reveal the great mystery of God.
Edge Night at a Glance
God has always been revealing Himself to creation. While He can reveal Himself in a multitude of ways, there are two ways that God has guided the Church through the course of history. Sacred Tradition, or eyewitness accounts of who God is and how He has acted throughout history, is one. Sacred Scripture, or the Holy Bible is the better known second way. Regardless, the two are not opposed but instead go together to give the Church a complete revelation of who God is and what He is doing. In the Vatican II document on divine revelation, Dei Verbum, it is explained as such: “For sacred Scripture is the word of God inasmuch as it is consigned to writing under the inspiration of the divine Spirit. To the successors of the apostles, sacred Tradition hands on in its full purity God’s word, which was entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit.” For the discussion, it will be important to understand that when we speak of sacred Tradition, we do not mean a custom in a certain region or one that changes over time. Sacred Tradition consists of what has been handed down to us by the apostles through their teaching and preaching.
The night will start with a “pair up” game to enforce the point of Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture going together. The teaching will emphasize the necessity of both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. A time to process all of this will follow with an interactive game, several small group questions, and a unique activity to create a small group tradition. Finally, a time of prayer will close the night by discussing 1 Thessalonians 2:15 and handing out prayer cards.