I) condemns the "little suppers which were called, not without presumption, agape."
22) testifies to the survival in Egypt of such Lord's suppers as were love-feasts and eucharists in one.
Trade and other gilds in antiquity held subscription suppers or g pavot, similar to those of the early Corinthian church, usually to support the needs of the poorer members.
His suppers were well known as among the most exquisite in Berlin.
"His Sunday suppers," says M'Culloch, "were long celebrated at Edinburgh."
The prophets who normally preside over the Suppers are called " your high-priests," and receive from the faithful the first-fruits of the winepress and threshingfloor, of oxen and sheep, and of each batch of new-made bread, and of oil.
Out of these they provide the Suppers held every Lord's day, offering them as " a pure sacrifice."
Even benefit societies were feared and forbidden by the Roman autocrats, and the " dominical suppers " of the Christians were not likely to be spared.
"'Tis comme a Londres," he wrote to Garrick from Paris; "I have just now a fortnight's dinners and suppers upon my hands."
Pliny accordingly forbade them in Bithynia, and the renegade Christians to whom he owed his information gave them up. These suppers included an Eucharist: for it was because the faithful ate in the latter of the flesh and blood of the Son of God that the charge of devouring children was made against them.