Asperges

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'''Asperges''' (from Latin ''aspergere'', ''to sprinkle'') is the ceremony of sprinkling the congregation with [[holy water]] at the beginning of the [[Liturgy of St. Tikhon of Moscow]] (normally [[Lord's Day|Sundays]] and high [[feast day|feast days]]) in the [[Western Rite]]. The liturgical impliments used by the celebrant for this ritual are a baton or brush for sprinkling, called an aspergill, and a vessel containing the water, called the asperorium.
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The rite of sprinkling is accompanied by singing a portion of [[Psalms|Psalm]] 51:
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:''Thou shalt purge me, O Lord, with hyssop, and I shall be clean;''
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:''Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.''
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:''Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness.''
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This, however, is substituted on Sundays and feast days from [[Pascha|Easter]] to [[Pentecost|Whitsunday]] with verses from [[Ezekiel]] 47 and Psalm 118:
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:''I beheld water which proceeded from the temple, on the right side thereof, Alleluia;''
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:''And all they to whom that water came were healed every one, and they say,''
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:''Alleluia, Alleluia.''
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:''O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, and His mercy endureth forever.''
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== External links ==
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* [http://home.comcast.net/~woca/divine_liturgy%20of%20St%20Tikhon.htm Text of the Liturgy of St. Tikhon of Moscow]
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[[Category:Western Rite]]
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[[Category:Liturgics]]
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