In another thread, the topic of the Agape or "Love Feast" came up, and led to some further pm discussions, and it was decided that it might be better to start a thread about it in case others are interested or have some input.
In the Epistles, we find references to the early Liturgy of the first Christians. Two terms come up:
1) The Lord's Supper (κυριακον δειπνον) 1 Corinthians 11:20
2) The Love Feasts (αγαπαις) (Jude 1:12)
These terms are not actually completely interchangeable. "The Lord's Supper" was a Liturgy which included the both Eucharist and the Love Feast (or "Agape").
The Agape was a common meal shared to which the Faithful would bring food. The Eucharist and the Agape were celebrated together in the one Liturgy.
Later, the two were seperated, and eventually, the Agape was dropped from practice all together. Today, only vestiges of the Agape remain in the Eastern Orthodox Church in three or four forms:
1) The Artoclasia ("Breaking of the Bread") Service of Vespers, caled "liti" in Slavonic,
2) The Agape Service of Pascha Sunday (which takes place in the afternoon),
3) The bead and wine offered to the Faithful in monastries and some Churches after Communion in order to break their fast.
Some have also wondered whether the "slava" celebrated in the Serbian Church may also be a remnant of (or an attempt to revive) of the Agape.
Someone asked whether we still eat a meal in Church during the Agape Service of Pascha, and the answer is "no". Monastries and many Churches will have a meal straight after the Agape Service on Pascha in the refectory, hall or as a picnic, but we don't actually eat the meal in the Church. However, in the Artoclasia (Liti) Service, bread, wheat, wine and oil are blessed in the Church and distributed to the Faithful.