Let's Get Rid of Him!
THE POWER OF HOLY WATER (AND A SIMPLE EXORCISM PRAYER FOR PRIESTS
From the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila , Chapter 31. 1562 A.D.
"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 water must have
great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular
and most notable consolation. In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious
of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward
joy which comforts my whole soul. This is not fancy, or something which
has happened to me only once it has happened again and again and I have
observed it most attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot
and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment
throughout his body. I often reflect on the great importance of everything
ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words
of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water
and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed."
"One night, too, about this time, I thought the devils
were stifling me; and when the nuns had sprinkled a great deal of holy
water about I saw a huge crowd of them running away as quickly as though
they were about to fling themselves down a steep place."
"I will only describe something that happened to
me one night of All Souls. I was in an oratory: I had said one nocturn
and was repeating some very devotional prayers which follow it -- they
are extremely devotional: we have them in our office-book -- when actually
the devil himself alighted on the book, to prevent me from finishing the
prayer. I made the sign of the Cross and he went away. I then began again
and he came back. I think I began that prayer three times and not until
I had sprinkled some holy water on him could I finish it. At the same moment
I saw several souls coming out of purgatory: their time there must have
been nearly up and I thought that perhaps the devil was trying to impede
The following is a simple exorcism prayer that can be
said by priests. 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, goeth about seeking
whom he may devour." (I.St.Peter V,8)
PRAYER AGAINST SATAN and THE REBELLIOUS ANGELS PUBLISHED
BY ORDER OF H.H. POPE LEO XIII
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. 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.
the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in "our battle against principalities and powers, against
the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness
in the high places" (Eph., VI,12). Come to the assistance of men whom
God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price
from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian
and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed
to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath
our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the
Church. 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 that he may no longer seduce
the nations" (Apoc. XX,2).
In the Name of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, strengthened by the intercession
of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, 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.
PSALM 67: God arises; 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. He has conquered, 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 in Thee.
We drive you from us, whoever you may be, unclean spirits, all satanic
powers, all infernal invaders, all wicked legions, assemblies and sects;
in the Name and by the power of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 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 commands you, He with whom, in your great insolence, you still
claim to be equal; "He who wants all men to be saved and to come to
the knowledge of the truth" (I Tim., II,4). God the Father commands
you. God the Son commands you. God the Holy Ghost commands you. Christ,
God's Word made flesh, commands you; He who to save our race outdone through
your envy, "humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death"
(Phil.,II,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" (Mat.,XXVIII,20).
The sacred Sign of the Cross commands you, as does also the power of the
mysteries of the Christian Faith. The glorious Mother of God, the Virgin
Mary, commands you. 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.John,III); 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 to tremble,
this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of heaven are humbly
submissive, this Name which the Cherubim and Seraphim praise unceasingly
repeating: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, the God of Armies.
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 work, because there is no other God
than Thee and there can be no other, 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 Our Lord. Amen.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord.
That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and liberty, we beseech Thee in
peace and liberty, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou may crush down all enemies of Thy Church, we beseech Thee to
(Holy water is sprinkled in the place where we may be.)
Imprimatur: +Henri, O.M.I. Vicar Apostolic of James Bay
- Aug. 15, 1967