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Posted on 08/31/2013 8:48:24 AM PDT by Salvation
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The most distinctively Christian form of love. Used by Christ to describe the love among the persons of the Trinity, it is also the love he commanded his followers to have for one another (John 13:34-35). It is totally selfless love, which seeks not one' own advantage but only to benefit or share with another.
As a proper noun, Agape is the so-called love feast celebrated in the early Church (I Corinthians 11:20-22, 33-34). At first these were often joined with the Eucharistic liturgy but in time were separated from the Mass because of the disorder and scandal they provoked. Legislation against the Agape was passed by the Council of Carthage (397), and by the eighth century the practice disappeared. Since the Second Vatican Council a limited use of the Agape had been encouraged (Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People, 8). (Etym. Greek agap_, love.)
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The English word "love" is a pretty vague and ill-defined term, and "selfless" doesn't help much. The NT Greek word "agape" adopted and transformed by Christian doctrine is worth a study. It is correctly defined as "a sovereign preference of one, over self and others," (noun) or "to sovereignly prefer one over self and others," (verb); according to a precise rendering in the margin for Jn. 13:34. (Wittman, Fred, "The Gospels: A Precise Translation," Happy Heralds, Inc., approx. 2008, p. 281)
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I am ignorant of the specific cultural factors that led to dissipation in connection with the Sacrament of the Altar as practiced in Corinth, but the town, as I understand it, had a penchant for partying. We would be susceptible to the same except as the First Petition of the Our Father is answered in our midst, and it is, albeit in places the world does not count as much.
For the Church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul was given to call them to repentance and to iterate most clearly that one should not partake of the Body and Blood of Christ Jesus without discernment. It is for our comfort that Christ Jesus established this Sacrament, so that His salvific benefits may be imbibed by poor sinners to strengthen them in faith and love as we await the Day when we shall see Him as He is.
My priest has talked about this.
After funerals at my church, we have a reception.
I guess at their partying (which was before the Home Mass, BTW,) some people brough (and possbily hoarded) rich and elegant foods and wine, while the poorer people only brought bread (if that).
Yes, they discontinued it.
Evidently the Corintians were so far out that St. Paul wrote them a second letter, which was so torrid that it was never circulated. In other words, he really bawled them out.
Other words for love
eros — erotical love (sexual meaning)
philo — brotherly love (think of Phildelphia — the city of brotherly love
Seems like I am forgettin another one beside the agape.
Family love such as parents have for children. Greek word?
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