from The Century Dictionary.
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While Monsignor Battelli, in his dissertation on the subject, maintains that this custom was instituted for the sake of cleanliness, rather than from a wish to denote any mystery, and that this day was selected as the most convenient, because the altars were already stripped; the abbot Rupert and Belet discover mystical meanings in the sponges, towels, wine, water, and even _aspergilli_.
A fine cloth, which covered the altar, is then removed from it, and the Cardinal-priest of the church and the six canons pour whine upon the altar, and wash it with their _aspergilli_ or brushes.
They all carry elegant _aspergilli_  of box or other wood, and having prayed for a short time in silence, they chant the anthem "They divided my garments etc." and the psalm "O