Definition of asperges in US English:

asperges

noun

Christian Church
  • 1The rite of sprinkling holy water at the beginning of the Mass, still used occasionally in Catholic churches.

    • ‘The asperges may be done after the Renewal of Baptismal Vows at the Easter Vigil.’
    • ‘At the Eucharist with the September CPT delegation, we began the liturgy with asperges.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for aspergillum

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

asperges

/əˈspərjəz/