So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Litany in the aftermath of the Synod.

The following litany is offered for the protection of the Church. It is an adaption, in large part, of the Minor Exorcism (see link below). It may be said individually or in a group. Even when said individually, one keeps the words 'we', 'our' and 'us' because one is enlisting the aid of the angels and saints. One, therefore, is praying in the midst of a group of heavenly friends. Note the rubrics in red.


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

[Starting with the leader, alternate lines when said in a group.]

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Lord hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.


Almighty and ever-living God, You know the hearts of all men. You know the machinations of those who have proffered falsehood among the elect. Confound the workings of the those who attempt to lead others into perdition, those princes of the Church, bishops, priests and laymen who, in their preoccupation with worldly acceptance, have willingly or unknowingly betrayed Your mission which is the salvation of souls in keeping with the truth handed down to us by Your holy Apostles.

Grant protection to all who seek refuge in Holy Mother Church, Your bride, the safe harbour of all Christians. Purify your Church through Your holy instruments, that is, Your faithful sons and daughters to whom You give your grace to carry out the work of preaching the Holy Gospel entirely and undefiled.

[Leader followed by the response = italics]

Holy Mary, Mother of God...  pray for your children.
Saint Joseph, Patron of the universal Church...  pray for God's holy Church.
Saint Michael, General of God's army...  protect us from all evil.
Saint Gabriel, Herald of the Incarnation...  guide us.
Saint Raphael, whose name means 'God has healed'... comfort us.
All holy angels and saints of God... pray for us.


Quis ut Deus?


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. (Ephes. 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 and cast him into the bottomless pit "so 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 (Priests only: "and powerful in the holy authority of our ministry"), we confidently undertake and repulse the attacks and deceits of the devil. 

Psalm 67


V. God arises; His enemies are scattered and those who hate Him flee before Him.
R. As smoke is driven away, so are they driven away; as wax melts before the fire, so the wicked perish at the presence of God.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord, flee banished of enemies.
R. He has conquered, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the offspring of David.
V. May thy mercy, Lord, descend upon us.
R. As great as our hope in Thee.

The crosses (+) indicate a blessing, if a priest recites the Exorcism;
if a layperson recites it, they indicate the Sign of the Cross to be made silently by that person.


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 in 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" (1 Tim., II), 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., II, 8); He who has built His Church on a 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" (St. Mark 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; + 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" (St. John, III); stop deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them the poison of eternal damnation; stop harming (name: e.g., the Holy Father Pope Francis, or others) and the Church and hindering her liberty. Be gone, 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 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, the Name which causes hell to tremble, this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of heaven are humbly submissive, this Name the Cherubim and Seraphim praise unceasingly repeating: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lamb, the God of Armies. 

V. O Lord, Hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
[When said in a group led by a priest add...]
[Priest] V. May the Lord be with Thee.
R. And with thy spirit.
[... otherwise, proceed with the Leader saying...] 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 the 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 who are 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 (name: e.g., the Holy Father Pope Francis, or others) and us by Thy power from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares, and their furious, wicked lies; 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.


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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

Imprimatur: Henri, O.M.I. Vicar Apostolic of James Bay. Aug. 15, 1967

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