/euh gayp", euh gap"/, adv., adj.1. with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness: We stood there agape at the splendor.2. wide open: his mouth agape.[1660-70; A-1 + GAPE]agape2/ah gah"pay, ah"geuh pay', ag"euh-/, n., pl. agapae /-puy, -puy', -pee'/, agapai /-puy, -puy'/ for 3.1. the love of God or Christ for humankind.2. the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.3. unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.4. See love feast (defs. 1, 2).[1600-10; < Gk agápe love]
* * *In the New Testament, the fatherly love of God for humans and their reciprocal love for God.The term extends to the love of one's fellow humans. The Church Fathers used the Greek term to designate both a rite using bread and wine and a meal of fellowship that included the poor. The historical relationship between this meal, the Lord's Supper, and the Eucharist, the meal of fellowship and the sacrament, is uncertain.
* * *▪ Christian feastGreek agapēin the New Testament, the fatherly love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God. The term necessarily extends to the love of one's fellow man. The Church Fathers used agape to designate both a rite (using bread and wine) and a meal of fellowship to which the poor were invited. The historical relationship between the agape, the Lord's Supper, and the Eucharist is still uncertain. Some scholars believe the agape was a form of the Lord's Supper and the Eucharist the sacramental aspect of that celebration. Others interpret agape as a fellowship meal held in imitation of gatherings attended by Jesus and his disciples; the Eucharist is believed to have been joined to this meal later but eventually to have become totally separated from it.
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