• 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”.

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MLA Citation

  • “asperges”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 August 2010. Web. 10 October 2015. <>