- 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 asperg&emacron;s (m&emacron;), 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”).