Definition of asperges in English:

asperges

Syllabification: as·per·ges
Pronunciation: /əˈspərjəz
 
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noun

Christian Church
  • 1The rite of sprinkling holy water at the beginning of the Mass, still used occasionally in Catholic churches.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

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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