Sorry, but I don't see why I should retract what I have said above. First of all, the tradition of women wearing headcovering in Church held for almost 2000 years but then, at least in Catholicism in the west, was not adhered to after Vatican II. Various early Church fathers, including Hermas and Clement of Alexandria recommended that women wear headcovering. For example, according to St. John Chrysostom: "... the man he compels not to be always uncovered, but only when he prays ... But the woman he commands to be at all times covered ... [he] also proceeded to say, "for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven." But if to be shaven is always dishonorable, it is plain too that being uncovered is always a reproach. And not even with this only was he content, but added again, saying, "The woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels." He signifies that not only at the time of prayer but also continually, she ought to be covered."(Homilies on First Corinthians, Homily 26, ver. 4) According to St. Jerome: "It is usual in the monasteries of Egypt and Syria for virgins and widows who have vowed themselves to God and have renounced the world and have trodden under foot its pleasures, to ask the mothers of their communities to cut their hair; not that afterwards they go about with heads uncovered in defiance of the apostle's command, for they wear a close-fitting cap and a veil."(Letter 147, 5) In other words, the veiling of women is a command of the Apostles. Also, early Christian art shows women wearing headcovering. In both the Orthodox tradition and in the Catholic tradition, the Mother of God is depicted as wearing headcovering. Catholic women are called to imitate the Mother of God in her humility. According to 2 Thessalonians 2:15, "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us." According to Paul: "But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ" (11:3) So Paul grounds his reasoning in the teaching of the original creation. It is not a cultural issue, but rather a creational one. Another point against the cultural interpretation is that Paul argues for the necessity of headcovering "because of the angels."
The agape issue is for another thread, but anyway, we have it at many of our Churches regularly and I don't see where the agape is commanded with the same force of command and tradition as women wearing headcovering. In fact, at the local Old Calendar Greek Orthodox Church in our area, women always wear headcovering at the Divine Liturgy. And after each Divine Liturgy, there is an agape like celebration for everyone in the congregation.