love feast


love feast
The meal which preceded the Eucharist, called in Greek an agape, which means literally ‘self-giving love’. These meals, mentioned in Jude 12, and possibly 1 Cor. 11:17 ff., were continued in the early Church (cf. Acts 20:7 ff.) in the evening of the Lord's Day, and were intended, as the name suggests, to be a time for God-centred community love. However, it is clear that this admirable intention was gradually eroded by the acids of unrestrained paganism and by the 4th cent. CE it was deemed advisable by the Western Church that the meal, in spite of being an occasion for acts of charity, should be disconnected from the Eucharistic commemoration of Christ's living presence. There then grew up the contrasting custom of fasting before communion.

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  • Love feast — Love Love (l[u^]v), n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See {Lief}.] 1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; pre[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • love feast — love′ feast n. 1) rel a meal eaten together in token of brotherly love and charity 2) a gathering to promote good feeling …   From formal English to slang

  • love feast — n. 1. a) among the early Christians, a meal eaten together as a symbol of brotherhood b) a modern gathering imitating this ☆ 2. any gathering characterized by friendliness and good feeling …   English World dictionary

  • love feast — noun 1. a social gathering intended to create goodwill among the participants • Hypernyms: ↑social gathering, ↑social affair 2. a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship • Syn: ↑agape • Hypernyms: ↑religious ceremony …   Useful english dictionary

  • love feast — noun a feast in token of fellowship among early Christians …   English new terms dictionary

  • love feast — noun Date: 1580 1. a meal eaten in common by a Christian congregation in token of brotherly love 2. a gathering held to promote reconciliation and good feeling or show someone affectionate honor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • love feast — 1. (among the early Christians) a meal eaten in token of brotherly love and charity; agape. 2. a rite in imitation of this, practiced by a number of modern denominations; a fellowship meal. 3. a banquet or gathering of persons to promote good… …   Universalium

  • love feast — noun a) a symbolic meal eaten to celebrate brotherly love, particularly one practiced by early Christians celebrating agape. b) a banquet or gathering to promote goodwill among the participants …   Wiktionary

  • love feast — /ˈlʌv fist/ (say luv feest) noun 1. (among the early Christians) a meal eaten in token of brotherly love and charity. 2. Chiefly US a rite practised by a few denominations such as Mennonites and Dunkers; a fellowship meal. 3. a banquet or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • love feast —  Любви праздник …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов


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