Agapae



the love of God or Christ for humankind.
the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.
(defs 1, 2).
Historical Examples

This contained the Saal, or meeting room, as well as the rooms necessary for holding the agapae, or love feasts.
A Tale of the Kloster Brother Jabez

Dancing, however, fell into discredit with the feast of the agapae.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9 Various

The agapae were abolished, and auricular confession was established, during this century.
The Freethinker’s Text Book, Part II. Annie Besant

The agapae, with their excesses eliminated, survive in the love-feasts of modern Christians.
The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg

adjective (postpositive)
(esp of the mouth) wide open
very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth
noun (Christianity)
Christian love, esp as contrasted with erotic love; charity
a communal meal in the early Church taken in commemoration of the Last Supper; love feast
n.

c.1600, from Greek agape “brotherly love, charity,” from agapan “greet with affection, love,” of unknown origin. Agape was used by early Christians for their “love feast” held in connection with the Lord’s Supper. In modern use, often in simpler sense of “Christian love” (1856, frequently opposed to eros as “carnal or sensual love”).
adv.

1660s, from a- (1) + gape (v.).

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