From a reader…
For years now our parish has used the equivalent of a small whisk broom instead of a more traditional aspergillum during the Easter season. The “whisk broom” seems to throw much more water and the priests and deacons seem to prefer this method of “sprinkling”.
It is hard to say what is more “traditional”, one of them there metal balls with holes on the end of a stick or a “whisk” which imitates a mass of hyssop branches. After all, the chant of the Asperges, which the Vidi Aquam replaces in Easter, refers to the hyssop.
It all depends on how much Holy Water the priest intends to send downrange.
Some priests are snipers with an M40. Others like SEALs with their Mk 14 Mod 0 Enhanced Battle Rifle. Others are like door gunners with their 7.63, six-barrelled M134 Minigun.
It’s a matter of preference and, of course, how well-equipped
the armory… the sacristy is.
The late-great Bp. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary, used a whisk-like contraption that probably delivered a pint per pitch.
Speaking of which, when the new Space Force is inaugurated, I’ll be ready both with aspergillum and with whatever else they set me up with. These certificates should go into my CV right away.
It was a trick getting these, I can tell you, given that the Space Shuttle doesn’t fly anymore.
Yes, another day, another weapon mastered.
In any event, when I figure it out, for my Asperges or Vidi Aquam it’ll be…
SOAK FROM ABOVE!
GO TO CONFESSION!