- Latin aspergere, to sprinkle
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”.
- “asperges”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 20 August 2010. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://catholicsaints.info/asperges/>