1The rite of sprinkling holy water at the beginning of the Mass, still used occasionally in Catholic churches.
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- 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 another term for aspergillum.
late 16th century: the first word of the Latin (Vulgate) text of Psalms 51:9 (literally 'thou shalt purge'), recited before Mass during the sprinkling of holy water.
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