One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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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