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The following is a private prayer that can be said to curb the power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm. Its use is recommended whenever demonic activity is suspected. Although it was intended to be used by a priest, it is presented here to be used by the laity. (It could be used as a solemn exorcism to expel demons, but only when said in the original Latin and only by a priest with a Bishop’s permission.)

Note that the original English translation of this prayer can be dangerous—and may even lead to a person’s possession by demons—when lay individuals try to command a demon through their own personal power. Accordingly, I have edited the text so that the laity can say this prayer by calling upon our Lord Jesus Christ to act on our behalf to command the demons.

Nevertheless, no lay person who is not firmly grounded in humility and chastity should attempt to say this prayer.
 

PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF POPE LEO XIII

 
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 

PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

ost glorious Prince of the Heavenly Host, 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. 6:12). Come to the assistance of us 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 the power of Satan, that he may no longer retain us captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers to the Most High, that they may readily draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of “the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan,” bind him “so that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Apoc. 20:2).
 

EXORCISM

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the intercession of the Immaculate Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and all the Saints, may the attacks and deceits of the devil be repulsed.

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.

May our Lord Jesus Christ 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 of 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, may our Lord Jesus Christ command that you 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 humanity to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 11:4). God the Father commands you. God the Son commands you. God the Holy Spirit 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. 11:8), 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 Faith. The glorious Mother of God, the Ever-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, may you be adjured 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” (John 3:16). May our Lord Jesus Christ command you now to cease deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them the poison of eternal damnation. May our Lord Jesus Christ command you now to cease harming the Church and hindering Her liberty, and so you must flee, Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of man’s salvation; you must now give place to Christ in Whom you have found none of your works; you must now give place to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church acquired by Christ at the price of His Blood. May our Lord Jesus Christ command you to stoop beneath the all-powerful Hand of God and to 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.

Let us pray.—Lord, Holy Father, 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 through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, through all the ages of ages. Amen.

From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord.

That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and liberty, we beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou may cast down all enemies of Thy Church, we beseech Thee to hear us.

 

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