Asperges

Asperges

[uh-spur-jeez]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
the rite of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and people with holy water before High Mass.

Origin:
< Latin: thou shalt sprinkle (2nd person singular future of aspergere). See a-5, sparge

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Asperges (æˈspɜːdʒiːz)
 
n
1.  a short rite preceding Mass, in which the celebrant sprinkles those present with holy water to the accompaniment of the chant Asperges me, Domine
2.  the chant opening with these words
 
[C16: from Latin Asperges (me hyssopo) Thou shalt purge (me with hyssop)]

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asperges
c.1560, from L. asperges, 2nd person sing. fut. indicative of aspergere, from ad "to" + 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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