One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounChristian Church
1The rite of sprinkling holy water at the beginning of the Mass, still used occasionally in Catholic churches.
- ‘At the Eucharist with the September CPT delegation, we began the liturgy with asperges.’
- ‘The asperges may be done after the Renewal of Baptismal Vows at the Easter Vigil.’
- 1.1another term for aspergillum
Late 16th century: the first word of the Latin text of Psalms 50(51):7 (literally ‘thou shalt purge’, but translated in the Authorized Version as ‘purge me’), recited before mass during the sprinkling of holy water.
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