An aspergillum (sprinkler) and silver ewer of holy water on the altar, prepared for asperges (Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew, Dallas, Texas).
An aspergillum (sprinkler) and silver ewer of holy water on the altar, prepared for asperges (Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew, Dallas, Texas).

Psalm 51:7,1a [Latin Vulgate: Psalm 50:9,3a]

7 You will sprinkle me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be cleansed;

1 You will wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

 Asperges me hyssopo, et mundabor; lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor. 

Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam…

Asperges me, from Graduale Romanum, Solesmes, 1961 or The Liber Usualis, Solesmes, 1961

Sung by Marek Klein

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Gregorio Allegri
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Psalm 51:1-19 [Latin]

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Miserere mei, Deus (prob. from 1630s) by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)

Gregorio Allegri: Miserere

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