Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brush, or oftener a metallic instrument, used by the priest in Roman Catholic churches for sprinkling holy water. Also called aspergillus, aspergillum, aspergill.
- n. A holy-water stoup or font. Parker, Concise Glossary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The stoup, basin, or other vessel for holy water in Roman Catholic churches.
- n. A brush for sprinkling holy water; an aspergill.
- n. the basin or other vessel that holds holy water in Roman Catholic Churches
- n. a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; used for sprinkling holy water
- From Latin aspergere ("to sprinkle") (Wiktionary)
“Thenceforth the aspersorium was the inseparable accompaniment of the font.”
“After dark he will not move a yard from his camp without a flaring torch of paper bark, a fiery aspersorium for the scaring of the “debil-debil.””
“A brush or aspersorium, used for sprinkling holy water, was leaning against the wall.”
“Quietly the maid withdrew to a corner of the apartment where she seated herself on a low stool, her fingers idly playing with the delicate carvings of a vase of silver, containing water that had been blessed and standing conveniently near the aspersorium.”
“Vignale in his sacerdotal robes, with young Henry Bertrand at his side, bearing an aspersorium; Doctors Arnott and Antommarchi, the persons entrusted with the superintendence of the hearse, drawn by four horses, led by grooms, and escorted by twelve grenadiers without arms, on each side; these last were to carry the coffin on their shoulders as soon as the ruggedness of the road prevented the hearse from advancing; young”
“In the Middle Ages holy water was held in such respect that it was not even taken from the font unless by means of an aspersorium or holy water sprinkler, attached by a small chain.”
“Christian aspersorium show a branch that was dipped into the font.”
“It would seem that about the thirteenth century the aspersorium assumed the modern form of a stick surmounted by a rose covered with bristles; at least such is what we infer from miniatures.”
“After dark he will not move a yard from his camp without a flaring torch of paper bark, a fiery aspersorium for the scaring of the "debil-debil.”
“Nils (places a box on the floor, opens it, and begins to take out aspersorium, censer, chrismatory, palms, and candles).”
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