Definition of asperges in English:

asperges

Pronunciation /əˈspərjəz/ /əˈspərdʒəz/

noun

  • 1Christian Church
    The rite of sprinkling holy water at the beginning of the Mass, still used occasionally in Catholic churches.

    ‘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. 1.1
      another term for aspergillum

Origin

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.