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 (Vulgate) text of Psalms 51:9 (literally thou shalt purge), recited before Mass during the sprinkling of holy water.