asperges

[asperges]
Derivation

  • Latin aspergere, to sprinkle

Article

The sprinkling of the people with holy water on Sundays before the principal Mass. The ceremony takes its name from the first word, in Latin, of a verse of the 50th Psalm, recited and sung: “Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop,” etc. During the paschal time “Viai aquam” is sung instead of “Asperges”.

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MLA Citation

  • “asperges”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 20 August 2010. Web. 30 September 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/asperges/>