This contained the Saal, or meeting room, as well as the rooms necessary for holding the agapae, or love feasts.
Dancing, however, fell into discredit with the feast of the agapae.
The agapae were abolished, and auricular confession was established, during this century.
The agapae, with their excesses eliminated, survive in the love-feasts of modern Christians.
c.1600, from Greek agape "brotherly love, charity," from agapan "greet with affection, love," of unknown origin. Agape was used by early Christians for their "love feast" held in connection with the Lord's Supper. In modern use, often in simpler sense of "Christian love" (1856, frequently opposed to eros as "carnal or sensual love").