Definition of asperges in English:


Line breaks: as¦per|ges
Pronunciation: /əˈspəːdʒiːz


[mass noun] Christian Church
  • 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 [count noun] another term for aspergillum.


late 16th century: the first word of the Latin text of Psalms 50(51):7 (literally 'thou shalt purge', but translated in the Authorized Version as 'purge me'), recited before mass during the sprinkling of holy water.

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