Saint Day Potlucks
We attempt to hold a monthly potluck to coincide with a saint day feast. The potluck is held at a different parishioner's home each month. To the right are some pictures from the different potlucks.
In the early church these were called Agape Feasts. The term Agape was used for certain religious meals among early Christians that seem to have been originally closely related to theEucharist. In modern times it is used to refer to a Christian ritual meal distinct from the Eucharist.
References to such communal meals are discerned in 1 Corinthians 11:17–34, in Saint Ignatius of Antioch's Letter to the Smyrnaeans, where the term "agape" is used.
Similar communal meals are attested also in the "Apostolic Tradition" often attributed to Hippolytus of Rome, who does not use the term "agape", and by Tertullian, who does. The connection between such substantial meals and the Eucharist had virtually ceased by the time of Cyprian(died 258), when the Eucharist was celebrated with fasting in the morning and the agape in the evening.
The Council of Laodicea of about 363–64 forbade the use of churches for celebrating the Agape or love feast. Though still mentioned in the Quinisext Council of 692, the Agape fell into disuse soon after, except perhaps in Ethiopia.