[ad_1] noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the rite of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and people with holy water before High Mass.

noun RC Church

  1. a short rite preceding Mass, in which the celebrant sprinkles those present with holy water to the accompaniment of the chant Asperges me, Domine
  2. the chant opening with these words

1550s, from Latin asperges, 2nd person singular future indicative of aspergere “to scatter, strew upon, sprinkle,” from ad “to” (see ad-) + spargere “to sprinkle” (see sparse). The word is taken from the phrase Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, from Psalm 51 (Vulgate), sung during the rite of sprinkling a congregation with holy water.

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