Asperges



the rite of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and people with holy water before High Mass.
Historical Examples

With a slow movement, he raised three times the Asperges brush, and he purified him with a gentle rain.
The Dream Emile Zola

Asperges me hyssopo et mundabor, lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Olive in Italy Moray Dalton

Much hyssop grows here, Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor.
Letters from the Holy Land Elizabeth Butler

noun (RC Church)
a short rite preceding Mass, in which the celebrant sprinkles those present with holy water to the accompaniment of the chant Asperges me, Domine
the chant opening with these words
n.

1550s, from Latin asperges, 2nd person singular future indicative of aspergere “to scatter, strew upon, sprinkle,” from ad “to” (see ad-) + spargere “to sprinkle” (see sparse). The word is taken from the phrase Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, from Psalm 51 (Vulgate), sung during the rite of sprinkling a congregation with holy water.

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