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, we
confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the devil.
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
R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the offspring of David, hath conquered.
V. May Thy mercy, Lord, descend upon us.
R. As great as our hope in Thee.
(The crosses below indicate the Sign of
the Cross to be made silently.)
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.
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. God Who
wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy
2:4). 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
(Philippians 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 (Matthew 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
Virgin Mary, commands you; she who by her humility and from the
first moment of her Immaculate Conception crushed your proud head. The faith of the holy
Apostles Peter and Paul, and of the other Apostles 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 (John 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 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
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.
V. From the snares of the devil,
R. Deliver us, O Lord.
V. That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.
V. That Thou may crush down all enemies of Thy
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.
(Holy water is sprinkled in the place
where we may be.)