love-feast

love feast

noun
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 feeling, restore friendly relations, honor a special guest, etc.

Origin:
1570–80

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love feast
 
n
1.  Also called: agape (among the early Christians) a religious meal eaten with others as a sign of mutual love and fellowship
2.  a ritual meal modelled upon this

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