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[uh-spur-jeez] /əˈspɜr dʒiz/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
the rite of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and people with holy water before High Mass.
< Latin: thou shalt sprinkle (2nd person singular future of aspergere). See a-5, sparge Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Asperges


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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Asperges (me hyssopo) Thou shalt purge (me with hyssop)
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Word Origin and History for Asperges

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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