We are exploring the possibility of buying an updated aspergillum for the church. The aspergillum looks like a sphere mounted on a handle. It has perforations that allow holy water to be sprinkled on the faithful. It is often accompanied by a bucket or chalice with a handle to contain additional holy water, so that the priest may recharge the aspergillum. Some traditions will substitute rushes, branches or hyssop for the aspergillum; but the bucket remains.
Either way, the priest is asked to dip the aspergillum into the bucket and then distribute the holy water by using a ‘casting’ motion, similar to fishing. Typically, the priest would proceed up and down the aisles, repeatedly dipping, casting and reminding the faithful of their baptismal vows.
An increasing number of priestly occupational injuries have been occurring. The problem is exacerbated when the parish is large or the arrangement of the sanctuary is inconvenient. Particularly grievous is the church designed with fewer aisles and longer pews in-between. To insure that the faithful cloistered mid-pew get their blessing, the priest must be exceptionally vigorous with the ‘casting’ motion.
Unlike the cathedral, diocesan parishes usually don’t have the option for a relief priest. Vocations being what they are, the starter is likely the only priest the congregation will have that day. Accordingly, it is important for lay organizations to protect the health of their pastors. Recently offered by Rome Depot, this holy water dispenser uses an ingenious combination of internal combustion engine and high-pressure water pump to insure that all receive a proper blessing. From the Rome Depot advertisement:
It would be nice if the sprayer came in a John Deere green for rural parishes.
Thanks to the Curt Jester. Please note the posting date!