For people experiencing a “dark presence” in their homeLay people may exorcize homes -- but not people!

Exorcism Against Satan and 
the Rebellious Angels
Published by Order of His Holiness, 
Pope Leo XIII

The Holy Father exhorts priests to say this prayer as often as possible, as a simple exorcism to curb the power of the Devil and prevent him from doing harm. The (lay) faithful may use this prayer, as any approved prayer, to exorcize homes -- but not people!

Its use is recommended whenever action of the Devil is suspected, causing malice in men, violent temptations... and even storms and calamities.

It could be used as a solemn exorcism (in Latin), to expel the Devil. It would then be said by a priest, in the name of the Church and only with the (local) Bishop’s permission.

(Wherever you see a red +,
make the Sign of the Cross.)

+ In 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 Celestial Host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain “against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Ephesians 6:12).” Come to the rescue of men, whom God has created to His image and likeness, and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the Devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as Her guardian and Her protector, thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into Heaven. Pray, therefore, the God of Peace to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize “the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan,” bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit “…that he (may) no more seduce the nations (Revelation 20:2-3).”

Exorcism / Deliverance Prayer

In the Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Michael the Archangel, of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints… we confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the Devil.

Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face. As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the Presence of God. (Psalm 67:2-3)

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord! Flee, bands of enemies.
R. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Offspring of David, has conquered.
V. May Thy mercy descend upon us.
R. As great as our hope in Thee.

We drive you from us, whoever you may be, unclean spirits, Satanic powers, infernal invaders, wicked legions, assemblies and sects. In the Name and by the Virtue of Our Lord Jesus Christ +. May you be snatched away and driven from the Church of God and from the souls redeemed by the Precious Blood of the Divine Lamb +.

Cease by your audacity, cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute the Church, to torment God’s elect, and to sift them as wheat +. This is the command made to you by the Most High God +, with Whom in your haughty insolence you still pretend to be equal +, the God “Who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the Truth (1 Timothy 2:4).”

God the Father commands you +; God the Son commands you +;
God the Holy Spirit commands you +.

Christ, the Eternal Word of God made Flesh, commands you +.
He Who to save our race, outdone through your malice, “humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even death on a cross (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 dwells with Her “all days, even to the consummation of the world (Matthew 28:20).”

The hidden Virtue of the Cross requires it of you, as does also the Power of the mysteries of the Christian Faith +.

The glorious Mother of God, the Blessed 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, wicked 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 His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life (John 3:16).”

Cease deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them the poison of eternal perdition; cease harming the Church and hindering Her liberty.

Retreat, Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of man’s salvation.
Cede the place to Christ in Whom you have found none of your works.

Cede the 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 at the evocation of 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 Hosts.”

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 supplicate Thee to deliver us from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares, their lies, and their furious wickedness. Deign, O Lord, to protect us by Thy Power and to preserve us safe and sound. We beseech Thee through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

V. From the snares of the Devil,
R. Deliver us, O Lord.
V. That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and liberty,
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.
V. That Thou would crush down all enemies of Thy Church,
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.
(Spray Holy Water in every room, closet and hallway
from the attic to the basement.)

Ask your priest to use the Rite from the Roman Ritual. (see below)

Imprimatur: + Manuel, Bishop of Barcelona, 
December 19, 1931

Prayer to St. Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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"It takes a lot longer and is more work, but I now only do the traditional blessing of water. For the first half of my priesthood, I did what most priests do … I would just make the sign of the cross over the water and that was it. Then I got “The Roman Ritual” and I was shocked by the complete blessing of water including exorcisms and adding exorcised salt to the holy water." _ Fr. Richard Heilman

Rite from the Roman Ritual

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.

Exorcism and Blessing of Salt
(Necessary for Exorcism of Water)

P: O salt, creature of God, I exorcise you by the living (+) God, by the true (+) God, by the holy (+) God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Elisha the prophet, so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcise you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled; every apparition, villainy, turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit; adjured by him who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.

R: Amen.

P: Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly implore you, in your immeasurable kindness and love, to bless (+) this salt which you created and gave to the use of mankind, so that it may become a source of health for the minds and bodies of all who make use of it. May it rid whatever it touches or sprinkles of all uncleanness, and protect it from every assault of evil spirits. Through Christ our Lord.

R: Amen.

Exorcism and Blessing of Water

P: O water, creature of God, I exorcise you in the name of God the Father (+) Almighty, and in the name of Jesus (+) Christ His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy (+) Spirit. I exorcise you so that you may put to flight all the power of the enemy, and be able to root out and supplant that enemy with his apostate angels, through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.

R: Amen.

P: Let us pray. O God, for the salvation of mankind, you built your greatest mysteries on this substance, water. In your kindness, hear our prayers and pour down the power of your blessing (+) into this element, made ready for many kinds of purifications. May this, your creature, become an agent of divine grace in the service of your mysteries, to drive away evil spirits and dispel sickness, so that everything in the homes and other buildings of the faithful that is sprinkled with this water, may be rid of all uncleanness and freed from every harm. Let no breath of infection and no disease-bearing air remain in these places. May the wiles of the lurking enemy prove of no avail. Let whatever might menace the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by the sprinkling of this water, so that the health obtained by calling upon your holy name, may be made secure against all attack. Through Christ our Lord.

R: Amen.

(Priest pours exorcised salt into the water, in the form of a cross)

P: May a mixture of salt and water now be made, in the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

R: Amen.

P: The Lord be with you.
R: And with your spirit.

P: Let us pray. O God, Creator unconquerable, invincible King, Victor ever-glorious, you hold in check the forces bent on dominating us. You overcome the cruelty of the raging enemy, and in your power you beat down the wicked foe. Humbly and fearfully do we pray to you, O Lord, and we ask you to look with favor on this salt and water which you created. Shine on it with the light of your kindness. Sanctify it by the dew of your love, so that, through the invocation of your holy name, wherever this water and salt is sprinkled, it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit, and dispel the terrors of the poisonous serpent. And wherever we may be, make the Holy Spirit present to us, who now implore your mercy. Through Christ our Lord.

R: Amen.