An aspergillum (or aspergil) is used to sprinkle holy water. The name is derived from the Latin verb aspergere meaning ‘to sprinkle’. This metal aspergillum which measures 7cm (D) x 23cm (H) has a segmented neck and a small round body with circular foot and mushroom-shaped head. Simple floral dots and leaves design on body. Slightly tarnished and rusted.
Whenever there is the rite of sprinkling in the Liturgy, we always sing the Asperges, which means “you will sprinkle or wash”; “Asperges me hysoppo et mundabor; lavabis me et super nivem dealbabor.” These are words from Psalm 50, a psalm of penitence symbolised in the washing with water: You will sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be cleansed: you will wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.
Donated by Church of St Teresa.