The Lovefeast


Lovefeast, or the "agape" meal originated early in the life of the New Testament Church. It is likely that the first meal the church ate together after Pentecost was a lovefeast. This meal is noted in Acts 2:44-47 and in Jude 12.

Today Moravian Churches gather for lovefeast to celebrate special events in the life of the church. A lovefeast may be used to celebrate the birth of Christ, the anniversary of a congregation, a marriage or any other special event a congregation wishes to celebrate. The lovefeast is not a sacramental meal like Holy Communion. It is just a simple meal available to the entire congregation gathered for worship. Much of the service is congregational singing, the choice of hymns being determined by the occasion being celebrated. This is done to involve the congregation in the presentation of the message since often the lovefeast service contains no other proclamation such as a sermon.

Most lovefeasts will include the serving of a bun or piece of sugar cake, followed by a cup of "fixed" coffee (coffee with cream and sugar) or another beverage such as milk or juice. After the entire congregation has been served a table grace is shared and the congregation then partakes of the lovefeast.