- the sprinkling of altar, clergy, and people with holy water before High Mass
- a hymn sung during this ceremony, beginning Asperges me
Origin of Asperges2d person; personal (grammar) singular , future indicative of Classical Latin aspergere: see asperse
In the Roman Catholic Church and some other churches, the ceremony of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and congregation with holy water.
Origin of aspergesFrom Latin aspergēs (mē), you will sprinkle (me), the first words of the rite, second person sing. future tense of aspergere, to sprinkle; see asperse.
From Latin aspergō (“to sprinkle”).