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he 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 action
of the devil 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 the devil, but only 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
Nevertheless, no lay person who is not firmly grounded in
humility and chastity should attempt to say
PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF POPE LEO XIII
n the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
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 Satan beneath our feet, 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).
the name of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord,
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.
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.
serpent, may our Lord Jesus Christ command that you no more dare to deceive the human race,
persecute the Church, torment Gods elect and sift them as
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, Gods 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
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 mans 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.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
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
That Thy Church may serve 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.