This is a prayer
and his rebellious angels. It was published by the Order of His Holiness
Pope Leo XIII.
This simple prayer
must be said by a priest
The term "exorcism"" does NOT always denote a solemn exorcism
involving a person
possessed by the devil. In general, the term denotes prayers
to "curb the power of the devil
and prevent him from doing harm." As St. Peter
had written in Holy Scripture, "your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goes about seeking whom he may devour." [1 St.Pet. 5:8]
The Holy Father exhorts priests to say this prayer
as often as possible, as a simple exorcism
to curb the power of the devil
and prevent him from doing harm. The faithful also may say it in their own name, for the same purpose, as any approved prayer. Its use is recommended whenever action of the devil
is suspected, causing malice in men, violent temptations and even storms and various calamities. It could be used as a solemn exorcism
(an official and public ceremony, in Latin), to expel the devil. It would then be said by a priest, in the name of the Church and only with a Bishop's permission.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost.
Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies,
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in "our battle against principalities and
against the rulers of this world of darkness,
against the spirits of wickedness in the high places"
Come to the assistance of men whom God
has created to His
and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny
of the devil.
The Holy Church venerates you as her guardian and
to you, the Lord
has entrusted the souls of the redeemed
to be led into heaven.
Pray therefore the God
of Peace to crush Satan
that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to
Offer our prayers
to the Most High,
that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us;
take hold of "the dragon, the old serpent, which is the
devil and Satan,"
bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit
"that he may no longer seduce the nations." [Rev. 20:2-3]
In the Name of Jesus
strengthened by the intercession
of the Immaculate Virgin
Mother of God,
of Blessed Michael the Archangel,
of the Blessed Apostles
Peter and Paul and all the Saints.
and powerful in the holy authority of our ministry,
we confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and
deceits of the devil.
His enemies are scattered
and those who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is driven away,
so are they driven;
as wax melts before the fire,
so the wicked perish at the presence of God.
V. Behold the Cross of the Lord, flee bands of enemies.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the offspring of David,
V. May Thy mercy, Lord, descend upon us.
R. As great as our hope
We drive you from us,
whoever you may be,
all satanic powers,
all infernal invaders,
all wicked legions,
assemblies and sects.
In the Name and by the power of Our Lord Jesus
+ may you be snatched away and driven from the Church of God
and from the souls made to the image and likeness of God
and redeemed by the Precious Blood
of the Divine Lamb.
+ Most cunning serpent,
you shall no more dare to deceive the human race,
persecute the Church,
torment God's elect
and sift them as wheat.
+ The Most High God
+ He with whom,
in your great insolence,
you still claim to be equal.
"God who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge
of the truth." [1 Tim. 2:4)
God the Father commands you.
the Son commands you.
the Holy Ghost
+ Christ, God's Word made flesh, commands you;
+ He who to save our race outdone through your envy,
becoming obedient even unto death" [Phil. 2:8);
He who has built His Church on the firm rock
and declared that the gates of hell
shall not prevail against Her,
because He will
dwell with Her "all days even to the end of the world." [Mt. 28:20]
The sacred Sign of the Cross commands you,
+ as does also the power of the mysteries of the Christian
+ The glorious Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, commands you;
+ she who by her humility
and from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception
crushed your proud head.
of the holy Apostles
Peter and Paul,
and of the other Apostles
+ The blood of the Martyrs
and the pious intercession
of all the Saints command you. +
Thus, cursed dragon, and you, diabolical legions,
we adjure you by the living God,
+ by the true God,
+ by the holy God,
+ by the God
"who so loved the world that He gave up His only Son,
that every soul
believing in Him
might not perish but have life
everlasting;" [St.Jn. 3:16]
stop deceiving human creatures
and pouring out to them the poison of eternal damnation;
stop harming the Church and hindering her liberty.
Begone, Satan, inventor and master of all deceit,
enemy of man's salvation.
Give place to Christ
in Whom you have found none
of your works;
give place to the One, Holy, Catholic
and Apostolic Church
acquired by Christ
at the price of His Blood.
Stoop beneath the all-powerful Hand of God;
tremble and flee when we invoke the Holy and terrible Name of Jesus,
this Name which causes hell
this Name to which the Virtues,
Powers and Dominations of heaven
are humbly submissive,
this Name which the Cherubim
praise unceasingly repeating:
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, the God
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. May the Lord
be with thee.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
God of heaven,
God of earth,
God of Angels,
God of Archangels,
God of Patriarchs,
God of Prophets,
God of Apostles,
God of Martyrs,
God of Confessors,
God of Virgins,
God who has power to give life
after death and rest after
because there is no other God
than Thee and there can be
for Thou art the Creator of all things,
visible and invisible,
of Whose reign there shall be no end,
we humbly prostrate ourselves before Thy glorious Majesty
and we beseech Thee to deliver us by Thy power
from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits,
from their snares,
their lies and their furious wickedness.
Deign, O Lord,
to grant us Thy powerful protection
and to keep us safe and sound.
We beseech Thee through Jesus Christ
V. From the snares of the devil,
R. Deliver us, O Lord.
V. That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and liberty:
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.
V. That Thou may crush down all enemies of Thy Church:
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.
(Holy water is sprinkled in the place where we may be.)
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy ... continue reading
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