asperges definition

  • noun:
    • Roman Catholic Church The service of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and congregation with holy water.
    • A Christian rite in which the congregation is sprinkled with water.
    • The brush or tool used in sprinkling holy water; an aspergill.
    • Common misspelling of Asperger's., a shortening of Asperger Syndrome
    • The service or ceremony of sprinkling with holy-water.
    • The brush or tool used in sprinkling holy-water; an aspergill.
    • In the Roman Catholic Church: An antiphon, obtained from the Miserere, intoned by the celebrant and sung by the choir prior to the solemn size on Sundays, where the priest sprinkles with holy water the altar, clergy, and individuals. With a few adjustments, the same rite is practised in the Greek and Oriental churches.
    • The sprinkling performed because of the priest throughout the antiphon.

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