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love feast

n.
1.
a. A meal shared among early Christians as a symbol of love.
b. A similar symbolic meal among certain modern Christian sects.
2. A gathering intended to promote goodwill among the participants.

love feast

n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) 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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n.
1. a meal eaten together in token of brotherly love and charity.
2. a gathering to promote good feeling.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.love feast - a social gathering intended to create goodwill among the participants
social affair, social gathering - a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship
2.love feast - a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowshiplove feast - a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship
religious ceremony, religious ritual - a ceremony having religious meaning
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They held love feasts in conjunction with other events, such as the Lord's Supper, an ordination, or at a church conference.
Reynolds argues that women, in their particular gendered roles and ritual practices--such as leading Love Feasts three times a year, wearing plain clothes, and participating in ritual bread making--help to "sustain the community both spiritually and physically" (164).
He deftly describes Methodism's mix of class meetings, love feasts, and quarterly and camp meetings, and, more importantly, he explains the synergy created by these elements.