Exorcism against Satan and apostate angels-Pope Leo XIII-1884

Exorcismus in Satanam et angelos apostaticos 

11 October 1884

by Pope Leo XIII

[ Note 1 : We present below the official translation in English of the Exorcismus in Satanam et angelos apostaticos , transcribed on 11 October 1884 by Pope Leo XIII in day vision and through the inspiration of St. Michael the Archangel. The translations into various languages ​​were authorized by the Pontiff himself and by his order made to spread throughout the Catholic Church, and for some decades used by priests and faithful.]

[ Note 2: As can be read, it is a literal translation, adhering to the text of the prayer that was written in Latin, and inserted in the Roman Missal of 1903. It, therefore, does not take into account some subsequent liturgical reforms, which, without modification or insertion, they created a new abbreviated version without entire paragraphs, omitted from the Latin text and from the translated one].


[ Note : where the + sign is present , a (Christian) cross must be drawn with the right hand, possibly using a wooden crucifix sprinkled with holy water. They are found in the most important points of the prayer, relating to the actual exorcism, to personally invoke against the demons present who always proceed from Satan, the single intervention of the Saints of Paradise and their contextual intercession with Jesus Christ].

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

Psalm 67.

[Pronounced while standing] .

Arise God, his enemies scatter;
and let those who hate him flee before him.
As the smoke is dispersed, they are dispersed:
as wax melts before the fire,
so the wicked perish before God.

Psalm 34

[Note: pronounced while standing] .

Judge, oh Lord, whoever accuses me, fight whoever fights me.
May those who attempt my life be confused and covered with ignominy;
Let them retreat and humiliate those who plot my misfortune.
Let them be like dust in the wind: when the Angel of the Lord pursues them;
Let their road be dark and slippery: when the Angel of the Lord chases them.
For for no reason they have laid a net for me to lose me, for
no reason they have rebuked my soul.
Let the storm catch them unsuspected, let the net they have stretched catch them.
But I will rejoice in the Lord for the joy of his salvation.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, and now, and forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Most glorious Prince of the celestial militias, Archangel St. Michael, defend us in the battle and in the fight against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness and against the evil spirits of the celestial areas. Come to the aid of men, created by God for immortality and made in his image and likeness and redeemed at great cost from the tyranny of the devil.

Fight today, with the army of the blessed Angels, the battle of God, as you once fought against the leader of pride, Lucifer, and his apostate angels; who did not prevail, nor was there any more room for them in heaven: and the great dragon, the ancient serpent who is called devil and Satan and seduces the whole world, was thrown into the earth, and with him all his angels.

But this ancient enemy and murderer has arisen vehemently, and transfigured into an angel of light, with all the multitude of evil spirits, travels and invades the earth in order to erase the name of God and His Christ and to seize, to lose and to cast the souls destined for the crown of eternal glory into eternal perdition.

And this evil dragon, in men depraved in mind and corrupt in heart, instills like a pestiferous river the poison of his iniquity: his spirit of lies, of impiety and blasphemy, his deadly breath of lust and of every vice and iniquity. .

And the Church, Bride of the Immaculate Lamb, has been filled with bitterness and watered with gall by very cunning enemies; they have laid their ungodly hands on all that is most sacred; and where the See of the Most Blessed Peter and the Chair of Truth were established, they placed the throne of their abomination and impiety, so that struck the shepherd, the flock may be dispersed.

O invincible leader, therefore appalés yourself to the people of God, against the irrepressible spirits of iniquity, and give the victory. You, venerable guardian and patron of the holy Church, you glorious defender against impious earthly and infernal powers, the Lord has entrusted to you the souls of the redeemed destined for supreme happiness.

Pray, therefore, the God of Peace to keep Satan crushed under our feet and not to continue to keep men slaves and damage the Church.

Present our prayers before the Most High, so that the mercies of the Lord may soon descend upon us, and you may arrest the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan, and chained may drive him back into the abyss, so that he cannot more seduce souls.

So that, entrusted to your protection and your tutelage, by the sacred authority of the Holy Mother Church (if a cleric: by the authority of our sacred ministry), confident and sure we can repel the infestations of diabolical cunning, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and God.

V. – Behold the Cross of the Lord, flee enemy powers;
R. – The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the descendant of David, won.

V. – May your mercy, O Lord, be upon us:
R. – Because we have hoped in You.

V. – Lord, hear my prayer:
R. – And my cry reaches you.
( if a cleric:
V. – The Lord be with you;
R. – And with your spirit)

Let’s pray

God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, let us invoke your Holy Name and supplicants we implore your clemency, so that, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of St. Michael the Archangel, of St. Joseph Spouse of the Blessed Virgin, Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and of all the Saints, You deign to grant us your help against Satan and all the other impure spirits who travel the world to harm mankind and lose souls. For the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.


We exorcise you and every unclean spirit, every satanic power, every infernal adversary, every legion, every devilish congregation and sect, in the name and by the power of Our Lord Jesus + Christ: be uprooted and estranged from the Church of God, from the souls created to image of God and redeemed by the Blood of the divine Lamb + .
From now on, perfidious serpent, do not dare to deceive mankind, persecute the Church of God, and shake and riddle the elect of God like wheat.

+ The Most High God commands you , + to whom, in your great pride, you presume to be similar, and who wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

God the Father commands you + ,
God the Son commands you + ,
God the Holy Spirit commands you + ,
the Most Holy Trinity commands you, one God + .

The majesty of Christ commands you, the eternal Word of God made flesh + , who for the salvation of our race lost from your jealousy humbled himself and made himself obedient until death; who built his Church on firm stone and has ensured that the gates of hell will never prevail against it, and will remain with it every day until the end of the centuries.
The sacred sign of the Cross + and the power of all the mysteries of our Christian faith commands you + .

The sublime Virgin Mary Mother of God commands you + , who from the first instant of her Immaculate Conception, by her humility, crushed your most superb head.

The faith of the holy Appostoli Peter and Paul and of the other Apostles commands you + .
The Blood of the Martyrs commands you and the pious intercession of all the Saints and Saints + .

Therefore, cursed dragon, and every diabolical legion, we conjure you for the Living + God , for the True + God , for the Holy + God , for the God who so loved the world that he sacrificed his Only Begotten Son for it, so that whoever believes in him does not perish, but has eternal life: he ceases to deceive human creatures and to serve them with the poison of eternal perdition; ceases to harm the Church and to obstruct her freedom.

Leave Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of human salvation.

Give way to Christ, over whom your works have had no power; give way to the Church, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, which Christ himself bought with his blood.

Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, tremble and flee at our invocation of the holy and terrible Name of Jesus which makes hell tremble and to which the Virtues of the heavens, the Powers and the Dominations are subjected, and whom the Cherubim and Seraphim praise incessantly. , saying: Holy, Holy, Holy the Lord God Sabaoth. V. – O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. – And my cry reaches you.
( if a cleric :
V.- The Lord be with you.
R. – And with your spirit)

Let’s pray

O 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 fatigue: that there is no other God besides You, nor can there be anything other than You, Creator of all things visible and invisible and whose kingdom will have no end; we humbly beg your glorious Majesty to want to free us from all tyranny, snare, deceit and infestation of the infernal spirits, and to always keep us unharmed. For Christ our Lord. Amen.

Free us, O Lord, from the snares of the devil.
V. – So that your Church may be free in your service,
R. – listen to us, we pray to you, O Lord.

V. – So that you deign to humiliate the enemies of the holy Church:
R. – listen to us, we pray to you, O Lord.

Let the place be sprinkled with holy water +.

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