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In order to understand exorcisms, we will look at the meaning and history of them.
Greek word exorkizein, which when broken down to its
ex: out and
One of the common misconceptions is that an exorcism is only the act of removing a Demon from a possessed person, this is actually quite false. The practice of exorcism throughout the ages has been used to remove Demons from possessed animals, to help crops with insect plagues, & remove Demons from possessed people.
These are not the only methods of exorcism, the blessing of objects such as holy water, homes, oil, churches and sacred items. And the acts of baptism are all methods of exorcism.
Some of the first records of exorcism are from the bible, when Christ himself banished demons from afflicted people. And said that anyone could do the same. Luke: In my name shall they cast out devils.
The Christian belief is that demons may meddle in the thoughts and activities of people as much as God permits. This is done because the faithful are able to use their free will with the grace of God to not be tempted. Demons can only tempt people they can not effect his free will. If a person permits himself to become alienated from God, and be tempted by greed, pride, fear or any other low moral standards he can easily become possessed. This is seen in the bible James 1:12, Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him
Many different prayers of exorcism have been written throughout the years, some are very short and some are very long and require much preparation. Fasting, Prayers and Blessings are sometimes required before a exorcism.
versions of a prayer of exorcism is:
PRAYER AGAINST SATAN and THE REBELLIOUS ANGELS
PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF H.H. POPE LEO XIII
to say this prayer as often as possible, as a simple
exorcism to curb
power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm. The
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Prince of the
Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in "our
and powers, against the rulers of this world
God and Lord, strengthened by the intercession of the
Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel,
* Lay people omit the parenthesis above.
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.
below indicate a
to be given if a priest recites the Exorcism; if a lay
they indicate the Sign of the Cross to be made silently
drive you from
may be, unclean spirits, all satanic powers, all
infernal invaders, all
wicked legions, assemblies and sects; in the Name and by
dragon, and you,
legions, we adjure you by the living God, + by the true
God, + by the
God, + by the God "who so loved the world that
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.
God of heaven,
of earth, God of Angels, God of Archangels, God of
Patriarchs, God of
God of Apostles, God of Martyrs, God of
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 hear us.
(Holy water is sprinkled in the place where we my be.)
Imprimatur: +Henri, O.M.I.
Vicar Apostolic of James Bay - Aug. 15, 1967
Source: The Catholic Dispatch.
Due to the popularity of exorcisms in movies, books, and television , and other forms of media, the church has had to update its views and practices. The Pope has released new information involving possession and how to tell if a possession is authentic. The new belief is that most incidents of what seem to be demonic possession can now be attributed to psychological and addiction problems, but does not account all possible possessions to this.
church has an
office of exorcism to perform the service of exorcism,
this office is
by the bishop.
written by Vincentius von Berg there is a list of tests
to tell if a
As we see the act of exorcism is primarily a catholic/Christian practice. But as we will see later, in all corners of the world some form of exorcising Demons or evil spirits has been practiced.