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Holy Water, Aspergillum and Aspersorium

Aspergillum and Aspersorium
The use of holy water can be traced in the fifth century. However, it is plausible that, in the earliest Christian times, water was used for expiatory and purificatory purposes. 

Asperges is the name given to the rite of sprinkling a congregation with holy water. The name comes from the first word in the 9th verse of Psalm 51 in the Latin translation, the Vulgate, which is sung during the Traditional form of the rite, except during Eastertide.

Traditionally, most Roman Catholic churches have Holy water fonts where the faithfuls dip their hands, and often make the sign of the cross. Such use of holy water and making a sign of the cross when entering a church reflects a renewal of baptism, a cleansing of venial sin, as well as providing protection against evil. It is sometimes accompanied by the following prayer:

"By this Holy water and by your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins O Lord" or a form similar to it.

Some Catholics believe that water from specific shrines such as the Lourdes Spring are means by which God chooses to bring healing.This water, technically, is not holy water in the same sense as traditional holy water since it has not been consecrated by a priest or bishop.

An aspergillum is a liturgical implement used to sprinkle holy water. It comes in two common forms: 
1. a brush that is dipped in the water and shaken, and 
2. a perforated ball at the end of a short handle. 

Some have sponges or internal reservoirs that dispense holy water when shaken, while others must periodically be dipped in an aspersorium (holy water bucket or situla).

This is commonly use in Churches. Though a plastic holy water dispenser may come handy and practical, I prefer the aspergillum personally during solemn celebrations not only because of its aesthetic value but also it goes with the majesty of a solemn celebration. 

In case there is neither an aspergillum nor plastic holy water dispenser available, I use palm leaves or other leaves as an alternative.

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